In 2020, there were close to 3,000 paediatric emergency visits per week, despite stay-at-home recommendations during the pandemic. If you find any irregularities in your child’s well-being or behaviour, it is a good idea to visit a child specialist right away. A timely visit can prevent longer-term harm and ensure your child receives critical care in time, if the need arises. Here are five essential suggestions from a child specialist for this year.
5 Tips a Child Specialist Wants You to Follow in 2021
1. Paediatric check-ups are a must
A regular full-body check-up of children is neither unimportant nor a matter to delay. Early detection of a symptom can prevent your child from needing a critical care procedure in the future. All kinds of health factors matter – it could be a sudden drop in the child’s blood pressure, a vision problem or a hearing defect. Moreover, with regular visits, your child will grow more comfortable with the physician to openly discuss any health concerns.
2. Observe your child’s behaviour closely
A sign that your child is not in the pink of health is a sudden change in behaviour. It can be the sign of a developing condition. First, give children enough attention to avoid future abandonment issues. Second, don’t be harsh on them if they get cranky or irritable. This could be the sign of a health issue. Thirdly, if you see signs like loss of appetite or depression for some days, talk to a child specialist without any delay.
3. Don’t rely on the internet for medical guidance
You often google your child’s condition when he/she shows certain symptoms. But sites often do not have accurate medical information. They can’t help in your child’s diagnosis or treatment unless you visit a child specialist with a degree to rely on. A doctor can perform a practical medical evaluation based on the child’s symptoms. Depending on the results, a suitable treatment is recommended. Isn’t it far safer than random internet remedies?
4. Vaccinations are not meant for delay
Did you know that early immunization against specific conditions can arm your child against falling sick later? Vaccination is available against a number of critical diseases. A delay only prolongs children’s exposure to diseases, it also increases their risk of remaining unprotected for a long time and they may end up requiring critical care. Don’t be afraid of vaccines even if your child runs a fever after the shots. This is natural as the body’s immunity builds.
5. Antibiotics are not the all-time saviour
Don’t request antibiotics for every condition unless the child specialist prescribes them. For instance, if your kid has a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be great. But they won’t help in case of a viral disease. Viral fever mostly gets cured by itself. Besides, you don’t want your child to develop antibiotic resistance with frequent usage.