Although parenthood brings with it an instinct for childcare, there are times you wish you knew more about how to handle a particular situation such as when a child is sick, is recovering, or is suffering from a chronic condition. At such times the best position to be in is to know what a nurse would do in that situation.
Nurses are multitaskers. They are trained in assessing a condition and intervening either independently or under instructions from a physician. They are also trained toward prevention of a condition and taking steps so that a relapse does not occur. The physical and psychological well-being of a sick child is paramount for a nurse. These are the qualities, which any individual aspiring to care for a sick child, should try and imbibe.
By knowing what to do for a given sickness, you reduce your dependence on external help and also give comfort to your child. Information on common childhood conditions is of great help because very often the situation simply does not merit a visit to the physician. A little rest and an over-the-counter medicine is all that is required. The knowledge of what to do and what not to do comes when a parent tries to understand how best to look after a sick kid, in a manner as imitative of a nurse as possible. Tread carefully when administering medicine to the child.
Talk to your child’s doctor and take him into confidence and obtain a list of doâ€™s and donâ€™ts to follow. Whether a nurse tends to a chronically ill child or a convalescing kid, routine is important. You too should establish a routine for giving medicine and food and other activities that you and the child need to perform depending upon the condition.
Nurses are trained in first-aid and you will acquire a very useful skill if you can learn basic first-aid skills such as stanching blood flow from a wound, tying a bandage, and tying a splint to support a broken bone. Keep a well-stocked first-aid box at home.
Your training in caring for your sick child may have to center around a particular condition if your child suffers from one. For example, your skills in childcare need to be different if the kid suffer from autism than what they would be if the child has hemophilia. Look up online resources on how to best take care of a child at home, particularly if periodic visits to the doctor are required. There are many forums that you can join and sites that you can visit to find out the things that you need to do sequentially and do them right if you wish to take care of your sick child like how a nurse would.
One of the big reasons why nurses can offer comfort and evoke relief in their patients is because they genuinely care for the well-being of their wards. Caring for their child comes naturally to parents but they need to know about the things to do that will soothe the sick child and give him both physical and psychological relief. For example, little things like holding hands, reading bedtime stories, saying positive things, and appearing in control are some of the things that can go a long way in reassuring a child and often hastening the recovery process.
Since every child is different, you can quickly learn about what works best in treating your child if it falls sick. Does your child like to be left alone? Is it allergic to certain medicines? What was it that you did the last time when it had a similar ailment? These and similar questions will help you in your quest to hone your knowledge and skills to care for your kid when it needs you the most.