Every home needs a first aid kit! It’s a bit like insurance: you hope you’re not going to need it, but if you do, it’s essential to have it. So, what should the ideal first aid kit contain? The following is a suggested list if you wish to make up your own kit: Sterilised cotton wool… [ Continue Reading ]
If her tummy ache lasts longer than 15-20 minutes check your child’s body temperature and put her to bed. Do not give her anything to eat. If she is thirsty, give her small sips of water. If you do not suspect appendicitis, make her lie down and give her a hot water bag wrapped in… [ Continue Reading ]
Take off your baby’s clothes and sponge her with cool water, till the temperature reduces to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Give her a few sips of water if you feel that she is dehydrated. Alternatively, if your child’s body feels very cool, she might have an infection. Check her temperature. If it is below 96… [ Continue Reading ]
Do whatever you can to soothe your baby. Maintain eye contact with the baby, keeping him in motion, offer frequent feeds, rub his tummy as it may soothe him. Don’t resort to medicines, not even gripe water, which contains alcohol. Rock her in a cradle or a carriage. Change your infant formula.
You can clean the thrush patches by giving your child some water to drink after every feed. This washes the milk in the mouth and gives the infecting yeast fewer nutrients to live on. Do not ever try to rub it off, you may leave a bleeding patch. If your baby is bottle-feeding, buy a… [ Continue Reading ]
Your child has just hurt himself and you cannot find the antiseptic cream. You go about hunting for it as your son keeps crying. Sounds familiar? The best way to avoid such a situation and also to make sure that anyone left temporarily in charge knows where to find them is to keep all your… [ Continue Reading ]
If the child is not coughing but is gasping, turning scarlet and then greyish, with an expression of panic in his eyes, he cannot breathe. Act fast. Open his mouth and put your finger boldly in to the back of his throat in case you can hook the object. If you can make him retch,… [ Continue Reading ]
For new borns, you could give some sugar water or add sugar to milk. Increase the content of water and roughage, which can be provided by vegetables, fruits and whole-wheat flour in the child’s diet. Encourage your child to use the toilet regularly, without hurry, coercion or distractions.
A reaction to any severe injury, shock is a life threatening state of collapse when blood pressure falls dangerously low. The brain has overall control of all bodily functions, including the heart and lungs. Its functioning is dependent on an adequate supply of sufficiently oxygenated blood. In the case of a shock, blood supply to… [ Continue Reading ]
Before the doctor arrives, you could check your child’s temperature and put her to bed. Do not give her anything to eat. Certainly not a painkiller. If she is thirsty, give her some water.