A pale face, hot forehead, fatigue and listlessness are signs that your child is seriously ill. You can confirm this by taking the child's body temperature. Practically all childhood illnesses are accompanied by high fever. Fortunately, these can now be effectively treated. Patience is needed, however, as recovery may take several days or even weeks.
It is a fact of life that children become sick. When a child starts to show signs of getting sick, it is often one of the typical child illnesses. Almost all children go through them. Be aware of the symptoms. This way, you have a reference point about which illness it might be. Depending on the situation, your child may need medical attention.
|The most common child illnesses|
The typical child illnesses – measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox (varicella) and whooping cough – are infectious diseases. The bacteria or viruses are transmitted indirectly by means of droplet infection. Your child will have been infected while playing with other children or at school. To prevent them from infecting other children, they should stay at home until the illness has subsided.
|Household remedies for child illnesses|
Many harmless illnesses and complaints can be treated by household remedies that have been around for generations. They can provide fast and effective relief and save you a trip to the doctor. Give it a try:
|Managing stress within the family|
Sick children are often a cause of stress for parents. However, their recovery has priority. By relieving some of your burden in other areas, you can nurse your child back to health without having to worry about secondary responsibilities. If you work and you can't look after your sick child yourself, you should ideally place your child in the care of someone you trust, either from within your circle of family or friends, or an external specialist.
|My child is sick. Can I stay at home?|
|A sick child belongs in bed. They need a lot of rest, care, and the attention and affection of their mother or father. Labour law in Switzerland shares this view: employees with children under 15 years of age are entitled to three days' paid leave to look after their sick child. This entitlement applies per case of illness, and not per calendar year. If the child needs more time to get back to health, the other parent who works can also stay at home for three days. Employers may ask for a doctor's note confirming that the child was ill.|
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