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Caring for Your Sick Child on Vacation

Summer has arrived, and your family is ready for a much-needed vacation. You’ve packed, changed your tires, and even hired someone to water your plants. The one thing you didn’t plan for? Your kids getting sick.

With weather changes and long car rides, it’s inevitable that one of your children starts to feel unwell. Here are our tips on how to care for your child when they’re sick on vacation.

Pack Medicine

Your pharmaceutical bag is one the few pieces of luggage you hope not to use. However, it’s still important to have. Here’s what we recommend bringing:

  • Headache medicine
  • Nausea medicine
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Cough medicine
  • Allergy medicine
  • Menstrual cramp medicine
  • Laxatives
  • Nasal spray
  • Cough drops

Your pharmaceutical bag should be as unique as your child’s needs. If your child susceptible to sore throats, for instance, it may be smart to bring some sore throat spray.

Encourage Rest

Don’t wait to apply this advice until after your child becomes ill. It’s common for children to becoming excited on trips and desire to sleep late. As much as you don’t want to, reinforce bed times even on vacations. A rested child is often a healthy child.

Avoid Germs

This can be challenging on trips to amusements parks where your child is surrounded by other kids. Teach your child to avoid touching objects and then touching their face and mouth. Try to keep hand sanitizer on you, and make sure your children washes their hands before eating.

Keep Your Child Relaxed

Your child is probably even more frustrated than you are that they’re sick on vacation. The last thing that will help is blaming your kid. Unless it’s life-threatening, don’t let something like a cold ruin a family vacation.

Need a check up before your family hits the road? Contact Pediatrix to request an appointment with a pediatrician.

Posted in Emergency on June 25th, 2018

Should I Take My Child to the Hospital?

Often, parents only have minutes to decide if their child needs medical attention. In a perfect world, we’d be able to take our children to the hospital for every sore and bruise. On one hand, hospitals are expensive, even with insurance. On the other hand, your child’s life is worth more than any hospital bill. Here’s how to know when your child needs an ER visit.

Fever

Fevers can usually be treated at home, but are sometimes a sign of something more dangerous.

Stay at Home:

  • it’s only been a few days
  • your child responds to fever reducer medicine

Go to the Hospital:

  • your child is under three months old with a temperature 104° F or higher
  • your child is older than three months old with a temperature of 104° F or higher accompanied with unresponsiveness, inconsolable crying, trouble breathing, vomiting or seizures

Bleeding

Scratches and scrapes are an easy fix, but heavy bleeding needs to be taken seriously.

Stay at Home:

  • small cuts or laceration

Go to the Hospital:

  • open flesh or exposed bone
  • even with bandages and applied pressure, the bleeding continues after fifteen minutes

Vomiting and Diarrhea

If your child is vomiting and has diarrhea, pay attention to other symptoms.

Stay at Home:

  • your child can keep down sips of liquid
  • your child is producing tears

Go to the Hospital:

  • your child has had a dry diaper or hasn’t urinated for six hours.
  • your child is unable to keep anything down, even small sips of liquid
  • the soft spot on your baby’s head is noticeably sunken
  • your child is crying is unable to produce tears with crying
  • your child is listless, not feeling and not looking well
  • your child vomits blood or has diarrhea with blood

When in doubt, always visit a hospital. If your child has had frequent hospital visits, it’s time to see a pediatrician. Request an appointment through Pediatrix today.

Posted in Blog, Emergency on May 8th, 2018