How To Care For A Sick Child – Like A Nurse Would

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 with a virus, disease, or a chronic condition. Whether you are a studying to become a nurse while raising a family, or a concerned parent in another career field, it can be helpful to know what a nurse would do to improve your child’s health.

Nurses are multitaskers. They are trained in assessing a condition and intervening either independently or under instructions from a physician. They are also trained to prevent a condition and taking steps to ensure that a relapse does not occur. The physical and psychological well-being of a sick child is paramount for a nurse. It takes an empathetic, level-headed person to become and effective nurse, and any individual aspiring to care for a sick child should apply these qualities.

By knowing what to do for a given sickness, you reduce your dependence on external help and can possibly give quicker comfort to your child. There is nothing wrong with contacting your medical provider in a time of need, but it is important to know what you can handle on your own too. Having a general knowledge of common childhood conditions can be a great help, since often times the situation simply does not merit a visit to the physician. A little rest, keeping them hydrated, and an over-the-counter medicine may be all that is required. The knowledge of what to and 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 a child.

In the even that you need to consult with your child’s doctor, obtain a list of do’s and don’ts to follow pertaining to your child’s condition. Whether a nurse tends to a chronically ill or a convalescing child, a routine is important. You too should establish a routine for administering medicine, food, and any other actions that you and the child need to perform depending upon the condition.

Nurses are trained in first-aid and you can be too. In typical a first-aid training course you will learn basic skills such as CPR, stanching blood flow from a wound, tying a bandage, and tying a splint to support a broken bone. It is important to keep a well-stocked first-aid box at home in the event of an emergency. While having this knowledge and a first-aid kit is great in a pinch, if the wound or condition is serious you should take your child to an appropriate medical professional.

Your training in caring for your sick child may have to center around a particular condition if your child suffers from one. For example, what you need to know to care for an autistic child will be different than if your child has hemophilia. Consult with your doctor for additional resources on how to best take care of your child at home. There are many forums, sites, and support groups that you can join to learn more about how to properly care for your child in the same manner as a nurse.

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 patients. Caring for their child may come naturally to many parents, but knowing what will soothe a sick child and give them both physical and psychological relief is not always innate. 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. It is important to research information provided by medical doctors, nurses, and psychologists about the best ways to foster healthy childhood development.

Since every child is different, it is essential to learn what works best for treating your child should they become ill. Does your child like to be left alone? Are they allergic to certain medicines? What action did you take the last time they had a similar ailment? These and other similar questions will help you in your quest to hone your knowledge and skills to care for your child when they need you the most.

Posted by blogger
on Feb 16, 2010

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