When your little one is sick, you want nothing more than to take her pain away. Tylenol -- a specific brand of acetaminophen -- makes a medicine that is specially formulated for babies. It can reduce fever and relieve pain, but you don't want to give it to your child if she doesn't really need it. Discuss your decision to give your baby Tylenol with your child's doctor.
If you have a child, you are going to deal with ear infections from time-to-time. In fact, ear infections are the most common reason children go to the doctor. In recent decades, the rate of children getting ear infections has been on the rise. Doctors aren't sure why, but it may be because of an increase in allergies. About 90 percent of children will get at least one ear infection by the time they are 4 years old.
Vomiting can be scary for your child and for you, but it is a common occurrence in young children. Children usually vomit from bacteria, a virus or from parasites. In most cases, vomiting is not serious unless it causes dehydration from losing too much fluid. In fact, the vomiting is helping to keep your child safe from harmful germs.
If it's wintertime and you have a child who is 5 years old or younger who has a barking type of cough, she might have a virus called croup. Children older than 5 years can also get croup, and they can get croup in other seasons besides winter, but it's most common in young children and during the winter months. Most times, croup is mild enough that you can treat it at home, but recognize the signs of a more serious condition that requires a doctor's attention.
Every parent hopes that their child is healthy and develops normally -- or even better than normally. Competition between parents whose babies are reaching developmental milestones can leave you worrying that your baby is not doing as well as he should be. Discuss your concerns with your doctor, but in most cases your baby is developing just as he should.
If you are like most moms, seeing your kid under the weather is difficult to take. While you know that bouts of illness will occur, watching your little guy suffer through them can be taxing. One of the illness types that you are likely to see frequently as your child grows is a cough and fever combination. If this duo hits your child, there could be an assortment of causes. Educating yourself on how to deal with this sickness is a wise choice.
You never know what you're going to find in your child's diaper. Most of the time, you'll get a normal-colored stool, but occasionally, you'll be surprised with something a bit more technicolor. While you usually don't have to worry about what you find, it's smart to know the signs of a more serious problem.
While earrings can make your little girls' ear lobes more beautiful, if they are untended to, these piercings can become a source of infection. To ensure that your child's earrings remain a thing of beauty, and not a source of pain, check her ears for infection regularly. If your child is old enough to monitor her own ear health, allow her to play a part by teaching her both how to spot, and how to avoid, ear piercing-related infections.
When you venture out into the sun with your child, you certainly don't expect problems. If your child experiences overexposure, however, it just might. Sun poisoning is a potentially serious medical condition that results from overexposure to the sun. This ailment is particularly common during the hot summer months when the sun's rays are at their most intrusive. This condition, which commonly accompanies severe sunburn, requires specialized treatment.
If you have a child who goes to school, try wearing his backpack around one day. You could be shocked to discover the heavy load your child has to carry around five days a week. The heavier the backpack, the more damage it can do to your child. Typically, kids load backpacks too much, making them too heavy to be safe, according to studies conducted by members of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at San Diego.