Pediatrician Checking on a BabyWhenever your baby exhibits sign of sickness, your head immediately goes on panic mode. Stop! Breathe deeply, keep your wits together, and administer first aid. Your smart and prompt response can save your child’s life.

Here’s what you need to know.

Fever

Increase in temperature is the body’s response to infection. It’s a sign that the immune system is dealing with a possible threat. Although a slight increase from the normal 37°C is usually nothing to worry about, fever over 39°C should be a cause for concern.

For children less than sixth months old, seek immediate medical attention if the fever goes up to 38°C. As the immune system strengthens, the body gets better at regulating temperature. However, the developing bodies of infants aren’t adept at controlling temperature yet, so immediate medical attention and first aid are critical to survival.

Try to cool down your baby by removing excess clothes and giving the child lots of fluids. Do not, however, give your child a cold bath as this may lead to hypothermia. Also, newborns and babies under three months must not be given any type of medication without the orders of a pediatric doctor here in Lehi.

After the third month though, infants may receive the recommended dosage of paracetamol syrup to deal with the fever.

Diarrhea and Vomiting

Contaminated food causes vomiting and diarrhea among infants. When this happens, the biggest risk your child faces is dehydration. When the body continuously loses large amounts of fluids, it may not have enough to keep its systems functioning properly, a potentially fatal condition.

First aid thus involves replenishing these lost fluids. You should give children below six months milk, while those older should drink boiled water that has been cooled down. The younger the child, the greater the risk so babies not even three months old should receive medical attention as soon as possible.

Once the vomiting and the diarrhea stop, slowly reintroduce bland food. Also, be sure to clean up and disinfect your surroundings to avoid recurrence.

Statistics have it that only one out of 10 parents knows how to administer first aid for infants and children. This is truly an alarming piece of news considering accidents and health risks are always lurking around the corner. As a parent, be proactive and know what to do!