Sometimes it’s hard to tell: is your child’s sniffle because of passing pollen, or the start of the flu and fever? What about their sore throat? – is it a minor cold, or did they catch something more serious? It can be tough to decide if an illness requires attention from a medical practitioner, especially when the symptoms first begin.
With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you decide if you need to call a professional or not, and how to keep the rest of your family from falling victim to a sickness! After all, at Wello we aim to keep you, and your family well and we provide you with the resources and support you to do so.
- Monitor your temperatures. Get familiar with how to take temperatures – your own and those of others – and monitor this over time. Children from three months to 18 years should rest and remain hydrated if they have a fever lower than 102° F or 38.9° C.
- Consider acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for higher fevers. Higher fevers may require acetaminophen or ibuprofen. A medical practitioner should be notified if the child does not respond to medicine or if they seem unusually lethargic, irritable, or uncomfortable.
- Get some RNR! Whether it’s you or your child, the easiest way to get well is to rest! Enjoy a warm drink, your favourite Netflix shows, and a cozy blanket. Little things make a big difference! Many of us don’t know, that if you or your child carry a pathogen like the cold virus or strep throat, you can be infectious before symptoms even show up, and for several weeks afterward.
Need more information, or still unsure?
Look through our website at www.wello.ca for plenty of resources and helpful tips on putting healthy habits into practice.
- If you have a specific question, head to our FAQ section, or reach out a Nurse Practitioner at email@example.com.
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