How to Care for a Sick Child at Home

How to Care for a Sick Child at Home

What are the basic recommendations to help care for a sick child at home?

What are the basic recommendations to help care for a sick child at home?

How will communication with my health care team help manage my child's illness?

How will communication with my health care team help manage my child's illness?

Are there things to do when a child is well to prevent illnesses?

Are there things to do when a child is well to prevent illnesses?

What are some basic illness prevention ideas?

What are some basic illness prevention ideas?

What do you do when you find  that your child is sick?

What do you do when you find that your child is sick?

Are there some things to have in case a child becomes ill or injured?

Are there some things to have in case a child becomes ill or injured?

What are some common illnesses parents can expect?

What are some common illnesses parents can expect?

How do I know when my child has a fever?

How do I know when my child has a fever?

What are some basic comfort measures I can take to help  my child with a fever?

What are some basic comfort measures I can take to help my child with a fever?

What are some care measures to take for a nauseated or vomiting child?

What are some care measures to take for a nauseated or vomiting child?

What are some dehydration warning signs and care tips for a child with diarrhea?

What are some dehydration warning signs and care tips for a child with diarrhea?

How should a parent care for a child with the common cold?

How should a parent care for a child with the common cold?

How should a parent care for a child with an ear infection?

How should a parent care for a child with an ear infection?

How should a parent care for a child's simple injuries?

How should a parent care for a child's simple injuries?

What are some ways parents can manage the rest of the family while one child is sick?

What are some ways parents can manage the rest of the family while one child is sick?

How can a parent prevent an illness spreading to other children?

How can a parent prevent an illness spreading to other children?

How is managing an ill child different from taking care of an ill adult?

How is managing an ill child different from taking care of an ill adult?

What should a parent do if a situation develops at night?

What should a parent do if a situation develops at night?

How should I respond if my child is having problems breathing?

How should I respond if my child is having problems breathing?

How should I respond if my child is unconscious?

How should I respond if my child is unconscious?

How should I respond if my child is drowning or choking?

How should I respond if my child is drowning or choking?

How should I respond if my child has ingested a poison?

How should I respond if my child has ingested a poison?

How should I respond if my child has a dental injury?

How should I respond if my child has a dental injury?

How should I respond if my child has an eye injury?

How should I respond if my child has an eye injury?

How should I respond if my child receives a burn?

How should I respond if my child receives a burn?

How should I respond if my child develops a rash?

How should I respond if my child develops a rash?

How should  I respond if my child is bit by an animal?

How should I respond if my child is bit by an animal?

How should I respond if my child suffers an insect bite or sting?

How should I respond if my child suffers an insect bite or sting?

Urgent Care Situations for a Sick or Injured Child

Urgent Care Situations for a Sick or Injured Child

When is it okay for a sick child to return to school?

When is it okay for a sick child to return to school?

If the child improves, is there follow up that should be done?

If the child improves, is there follow up that should be done?

Besides immediate guidance, is there anything else a parent should ask on the phone?

Besides immediate guidance, is there anything else a parent should ask on the phone?

What should a parent say to a health care provider when they call about a sick child?

What should a parent say to a health care provider when they call about a sick child?

Are there things a family can do to build a strong relationship with a health care team?

Are there things a family can do to build a strong relationship with a health care team?

Communicating With Your Child's Health Care Providers

Communicating With Your Child's Health Care Providers

How is managing an ill child different from taking care of an ill adult?

How is managing an ill child different from taking care of an ill adult?

How can a parent prevent an illness spreading to other children?

How can a parent prevent an illness spreading to other children?

What are some ways parents can manage the rest of the family while one child is sick?

What are some ways parents can manage the rest of the family while one child is sick?

How should a parent care for a child's simple injuries?

How should a parent care for a child's simple injuries?

How should a parent care for a child with an ear infection?

How should a parent care for a child with an ear infection?

How should a parent care for a child with the common cold?

How should a parent care for a child with the common cold?

What are some dehydration warning signs and care tips for a child with diarrhea?

What are some dehydration warning signs and care tips for a child with diarrhea?

What are some care measures to take for a nauseated or vomiting child?

What are some care measures to take for a nauseated or vomiting child?

What are some basic comfort measures I can take to help  my child with a fever?

What are some basic comfort measures I can take to help my child with a fever?

How do I know when my child has a fever?

How do I know when my child has a fever?

What are some common illnesses parents can expect?

What are some common illnesses parents can expect?

Are there some things to have in case a child becomes ill or injured?

Are there some things to have in case a child becomes ill or injured?

What do you do when you find  that your child is sick?

What do you do when you find that your child is sick?

What are some basic illness prevention ideas?

What are some basic illness prevention ideas?

Are there things to do when a child is well to prevent illnesses?

Are there things to do when a child is well to prevent illnesses?

How will communication with my health care team help manage my child's illness?

How will communication with my health care team help manage my child's illness?

What are the basic recommendations to help care for a sick child at home?

What are the basic recommendations to help care for a sick child at home?

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Robin Vick

Continuum Pediatric Nursing

How do I know when my child has a fever?

Robin Vick, Assistant Director of Nursing at the Continuum Pediatric Nursing Services, discusses the basic recommendations to help care for a sick child at home including how to know when your child has a fever.

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Host: How do I know when my child has a fever?

Robin Vick: Well, first of all it's important for us to talk about what is a fever. Fever is the body's response to some stress. The thing with fever is that it's generalized. Fever is the whole body all the systems inside coming together in a reaction to some type of change and because fever can be -- it is very non-specific. Fever alone is not a definition of an illness, it's most often a symptom or sign that's associated with something else. So what I am going to encourage families to do is to look at the child, head to toe inside and out and identify in addition to the fever what else is unusual or changed in the child's overall health and wellbeing.

To begin to know a little bit more about fever a parent can begin to identify it by looking at some changes that the child might be showing in terms of flushing. Facial flushing sometimes overall body flushing is a common and an early sign that the child is beginning or is developing a fever. In addition to flushing there can be some isolated places of redness. Kids who may be have ear infections, may see that their ears are reddened.

Kids who may be have an isolated focal infection going on. May be they had a cut and the body is responding to that cut. The place where that disturbance is occurring may also be red and hot. Also there can be some overall sweating. Sweating is a way that the body responds to an elevated temperature. Sweating helps the body to lower the temperature, it's nature's way of trying to get the body temperature down. Some kids may also shiver and shivering in addition to sweating is the body's way of helping to dispense the extra heat that they are feeling.

A normal oral temperature for child is 98.

6 and a normal axillary temperature, the temperature taken under the child's arm is about 98. Now there is a third route that can be used as well and that's a rectal temperature, but I am not going to advice that on a routine and regular basis. With the accuracy of the today's digital thermometers oral temperatures and axillary temperatures give a very very good guidance and guidelines about illness.

Only in unusual circumstances, for example, if a Physician asks that the rectal temperature be taken should a parent feel that they need to assess the fever that way. The oral route and the axillary route will be able to give good guidelines. It's important though when communicating with your Physician that you tell the doctor what route you have been using to make that assessment. So when it comes time to be talking with your health provider you can say, I think my child has a fever you are going to want to say, I have obtained readings of 101 by mouth or I have obtained readings of 101 under her arm.

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