A Father’s Guide to Taking Care of Common Childhood Illnesses and Issues

Parenting can be an uphill task for the best of us, especially when it comes to navigating childhood issues and illnesses. This guide should help you with that, so have a look at it to help you with taking the best care of your children.

Hygiene Is Important

Keeping the house and everything inside it clean at all times is important for good health. This is because germs can survive on your home’s surfaces and children’s toys for long enough to be transferred to other places. This is how viral infections like strep throat spread from one child to another. This can be avoided by ensuring that you wipe down the surfaces of every room at least once a day using cleaning agents that also sanitize. Since younger children have a habit of putting everything they come across in their mouth, only use safe cleaning solutions that won’t harm them if ingested.

Know Common Sickness Symptoms

There are a number of illnesses that your child could suffer from at any given time. It can save you a lot of headache and stress if you know some signs of the most common sicknesses. This way, you will have possible solutions at hand and won’t have to head to the emergency room every single time something comes up. One common illness is the common cold, which can make your child feel fatigued, congested, and give them a fever and a headache.

Skin infections may present with rashes, abscesses, or scaly patches. Unless you can clearly identify the cause of these, it may be best to seek help for these because it may be a sign of a serious infection as much as it could also be something simple. Keep in mind that about 85% of people between 12 and 24 years, according to the Academy Association of Dermatology, suffer from at least minor acne. Meaning if your child is over 12 years, potential skin conditions may just be acne.

Set Dental Appointments for Your Child

Your children’s developing teeth need a lot of care and attention, so it’s important to schedule dental appointments for them starting from an early age. It’s common for children to suffer from cavities and other oral health issues if left unattended, so it’s important to act before the first signs of a problem come up. From discoloration to minor aches, you should be conversant with your child’s oral health state. Approximately 50% to 75% of people stand to benefit from orthodontic treatment, and for some of them, the issues span back to their childhood. Set your child up for good oral health now and they will enjoy the results for a long time to come.

Keep a Thermometer at Hand

Given the frequency with which children catch fevers, it’s advisable to have a pediatric thermometer with you. This will help you to accurately gauge your child’s temperature at all times so that you don’t act on suspicion, treating them when they’re okay and ignoring them when they’re not. Note the healthy temperature range and write it somewhere so that you can get on high alert if their temperature gets out of hand. Remember that a normal fever can range from 100.4 F to 104 F and have a plan of action in place to follow in case this happens. It doesn’t necessarily entail giving them medication every single time, because you can attempt to cool them down by undressing them and bathing them in cool water.

While parenting isn’t a walk in the park, you can definitely hack it if you keep a few things in mind. This short guide should give you a general idea of what to expect and what to do, and being prepared is practically half the battle already.

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