When to Worry if Your Child is Unwell?
|Symptom||Manage at Home||Seek Medical Advice|
|Snotty nose, Cough||Plenty of fluids, paracetamol (always check packaging for correct dose)|
|Temperature||If your child is still active, eating/drinking – try paracetamol/ibuprofen & fluids||If child is listless, lethargic, disinterested in eating/drinking|
|Rash||If it passes the glass test – press a glass tumbler against it. If the colour disappears, it passes||If the colour remains during the glass test seek immediate medical advice|
|Vomiting||Frequent small sips of water to prevent dehydration – if a child is peeing regularly, they won’t be significantly dehydrated||If your child does not pee for 6-7 hours|
|Coughing||Coughs can generally last 3-6 weeks after a cold has gone. This is normal||If child is struggling to breathe, if they are choking, if breathing is laboured or so fast they cannot eat or drink, if they are pale or blue|
|Wheezing||A whistling noise when breathing out. Common in asthma and viral infections. Don’t worry if they are managing to talk normally, are active and can drink and eat||If child is struggling to breathe, if their ribs are sucking in and out, if they are too breathless to talk or if they are lethargic|
Where Can I Find Out More?
Visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/Conditions or the patient website at www.patient.co.uk for more information. Remember that your pharmacist can also assist you in assessing your symptoms.