The Big Idea: When little ones aren’t feeling well, there are ways to make things a bit easier.
Everyone gets sick sometimes. Here’s how to help.
- Encourage kids to tell a grown-up when they feel sick. Watch for signs like a loss of appetite or energy.
- Keep kids home when they are sick to help stop the spread of germs and get better faster.
- Call the doctor if you are worried. Be ready to:
- Explain symptoms or concerns.
- Share kids’ medical history.
- If the doctor needs to see your child:
- Write down any information you want to share and any questions you have beforehand.
- Let kids know where you’re going and why: “We are going to the doctor. He/she will give you a checkup to find out what’s wrong and help you get better.”
- Bring a comfort item for kids to hold during the visit.
- Ask the doctor all the questions you need to. Understanding the details of the explanations and instructions will go a long way in helping kids get better.
- Before you leave the doctor’s office, make sure you know exactly how to give any medicine needed. Ask what you should bring back if symptoms worsen or for a follow-up visit.
- Talk with kids about any medicine they need to take and any special things they need to do to feel better.
- When you get home, set up a calm, comfy spot for kids and give lots of love!