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What to do if your child is sick?

Germs spread quickly. Be sure of what you are eating and touching. Wash your hands and teach your kids to do it before and after every meal.
Germs spread quickly. Be sure of what you are eating and touching. Wash your hands and teach your kids to do it before and after every meal.


How do I know if my kid is ill?

Out of all the illnesses fever is one of the most typical symptoms of illness in kids. You may also notice the following indications if your child is ill:

  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • A rash that appears on their skin suddenly
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Sneezing, or coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Sluggishness or a lack of appetite

A change in breathing patterns is another such symptom, shallow breathing or pausing between breaths, or a change in the color of your child’s skin, making it appear pale or blotchy, are two additional indications that they may be ill or are about to get sick. You can also notice a change in their behavior. Your child might not be as interested in their usual pastimes, and they might be less likely to run around instead opting for quiet activities or a nap.

What signs should I be on the lookout for?

  • Fever

A temperature of more than 38 Celsius is considered feverish. Fever itself is typically not harmful. It’s a sign that the body of your child is battling an infection. How severe the infection is cannot be determined by the fever’s level.

However, even if your infant shows no symptoms of illness and has a fever, you should still take them to the doctor right away, especially, if they are under three months old. This is crucial because infants are more vulnerable to infection-related complications and because the symptoms of a serious infection may not always be obvious for the parents to identify.

On occasion, a child’s severe fever can also be accompanied by a seizure. Although it’s usually not dangerous, you should call the doctor at home to examine your child and determine the situation and its seriousness.

  • Drowsiness

Your child might be sleepy, restless, and uninterested in playing or engaging in any such activity if they are ill. You should call a doctor right away, though, if:

They appear very sleepy, are difficult to wake up, lack the energy to cry aloud, and are floppy when picked up. They might also not show interest in eating even their favorite food because of loss of appetite.

  • Breathing alterations

Call a doctor right away if you notice any changes in your child’s breathing. The skin between their ribs is sucking in with each breath, making grunting noises. You may detect rapid or noisy breathing. They might even have faster heartbeat in such cases. Notice their pulse and breathing patterns to let the doctor know the symptoms that you have been noticing, making it clearer for the doctors to treat them.

  • Dehydration

When your child’s body doesn’t have enough fluid, they become dehydrated. Your child may become dehydrated if they have a fever, don’t want to drink, or are losing fluids through vomiting or diarrhea. Your child may be dehydrated and need to see a doctor if they are drinking less than half as much as usual or are peeing less frequently than usual.

  • Vomiting

Vomiting is one of the more upsetting signs for parents, and they frequently make matters worse by rushing fluids. While you do want to keep your child away from becoming dehydrated. Vomiting is the result of a straightforward viral infection, it is usually best to give them frequent small amounts of fluid. The best option is typically an oral rehydration electrolyte solution, and you can give your kid 1 to 3 teaspoons of liquid every 5 to 10 minutes. They typically can tolerate this small amount of fluid, even when they vomit a lot. Popsicles are a suitable substitute.

Which activities to do with a sick child?

It can be challenging to come up with activities for a sick child at home. There is always access to TV, video games, apps, and the Internet, but it’s preferable to spend the majority of the day engaging in other activities. Here, we hope you get some inspiration. However, there are a few things to keep in mind first:

  • Avoid selecting activities that might aggravate your child and require much movement. Pick activities that they can perform easily when feeling unwell. A child feels secure and at ease with their familiar toys and playthings. Select new projects or toys that are geared toward a slightly younger age when making your selection.
  • Be aware that your child will have a shorter attention span than usual. Choose tasks that can be easily stopped and resumed or that can be completed in a short amount of time. Place a table by the child’s bed if they must stay in bed. Give the user a sizable, stable surface to work on. Using the lid of a big cardboard box can make it easier to keep track of parts or supplies.
  • To ensure that you can still complete your daily tasks, try to schedule regular times throughout the day to spend with your child. Young children will require your attention more frequently but for shorter amounts of time. When your child is older, they can handle spending less time with you but will appreciate it if you stay for long enough to play a game or do something fun.
  • Assist your child with starting an activity, monitoring progress, and cleanup. A child is encouraged to continue on their own by this type of structure.
  • Avoid being too picky about cleanliness. An old tablecloth can shield your child’s bed or play area from messy activities. Be sure to sanitize their toys each time, especially when sick.

Necessary Precautions to take:

1. Clean and sanitize your home.

Care of a Sick Child
Germs spread quickly. Be sure of what you are eating and touching.

Germs spread quickly. Be sure of what you are eating and touching. Wash your hands and teach your kids to do it before and after every meal. Less contamination means less risk to other family members including kids and elders. This typically means:

  • Cleaning bathroom floors, counters, and toilets with sanitizing wipes.
  • Cleaning any soiled areas by spraying the carpet.
  • Particularly if you bathed your messy child after he got dirty, cleaning the bathtub.
  • Wash their soiled clothing, bedding, blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals as soon as possible.
  • Cleaning up any spit, cough, or sneezes.

2.Frequently wash your hands

Even though we might not admit it, we frequently touch our mouths, noses, and eyes. The best way to stop the spread of germs is to always wash your hands. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap each time you clean up after your child or scrub down a section of your home.

3. Maintain your child’s comfort.

It’s simple to forget how awful being sick feels when you’re the healthy one. Maintaining your child’s comfort is equally important as sanitizing your home. Both things should be taken care of more seriously when the child is sick.

This might entail carrying them while moving slowly instead of turning to the left and right. Because of how quickly you’re moving, they might feel queasy and dizzy. They currently feel like you did during your first trimester when you were sick to your stomach.

Avoid complex activities. One can watch a movie, do crossword puzzles, or color in a coloring book while curled up on the couch. You can even reach them with their favorite story or novel. You can also share your experience of being sick at a young time. This can be done with children of year 1 or above.

Make sure to dress your child comfortably in easy breezy outfits.

When to get immediate medical attention?

It can be challenging to pinpoint the precise moment when you should call a doctor for your child. Although you may have to rely on your judgment, you should consider the following as a general rule.

  • Call a doctor when:

Your child has severe abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, a cut that won’t stop bleeding or is gaping open, a fever, and is persistently lethargic despite taking ibuprofen or paracetamol.

What if your child becomes ill while visiting another country?

There is a little bit more preparation required when taking kids abroad. If at all possible, we advise you to begin this a few months before your trip, so you have enough time to finish everything. For specific travel advice, you should first speak with your child’s pediatrician. You can also consult the Doctor on call services for your child’s health and regular examinations before leaving. Your child might need additional vaccines that are advised, some of which might not be easily accessible and need to be scheduled in advance or even at specialized travel clinics. It would be even more crucial if your child had a chronic illness or other complicated medical issues.

Wherever you are going, it’s possible that common children’s medications won’t be easy to find; in that case, you might want to bring along more of the previously mentioned over-the-counter medicines. Don’t forget to take access to baby food, formula, and clean water into account.

If you think you might need to bring any extra prescription medications in case of an emergency, talk to our highly Specialized Doctors. They will examine your child closely to observe their behavior and will provide

you with the best prescription and precaution lists to follow. Your child should likely be seen to determine which antibiotics are appropriate if they become ill enough to warrant consideration. For instance, a child would require a very different antibiotic for ear infections than they would for traveler’s diarrhea. For all such situations, our doctor can let you know what to do in advance.

Make sure you have some local contacts, such as a local host or a hotel concierge, who can help you navigate if your child requires more urgent or emergency care while you are traveling to another country. You might also want to consider getting travel insurance, which can help defray the cost of receiving emergency care abroad.

How can I ask for help?

You can reach out to us at and request an emergency visit if you believe your child needs immediate medical attention for their condition. Our doctors are also available at the hotels that you are staying at in Dubai. We have a very quick and responsive service. Our Medical healthcare staff is available 24/7 throughout Dubai. You can always rely us on!