Not only is Mother Nature making herself known this Winter, but cold and flu season is too. Being that I have a toddler and child in junior kindergarten, you can bet that we have had our share of bugs circulating through our home over the past little while. More recently my daughter spent Christmas holidays recovering from an ear infection; while my son, husband and I all had a bout of the stomach flu.
As a parent seeing your child sick and uncomfortable is absolutely disheartening. You don’t always want to be the parent that runs off to the walk-in over a measly sniffle or cough, but sometimes it is hard to know when your child should be seen by a doctor or the steps to help your child attain some level of comfort.
I can remember when I was a child my Mom would turn to a trusty little book called The Doctors Book of Home Remedies. Thankfully, I have a similar resource floating around my house entitled The A to Z of Children’s Health: A Parent’s Guide from Birth to 10 Years. This book has surely come in handy over the past few weeks.
By reading through this book… I was able to determine that the symptoms my daughter had been experiencing prior to Christmas were in fact pointing towards a possible Acute Otitis Media (Ear Infection). Symptoms of Acute Otitis Media include:
- Ear pain
- Ear rubbing and pulling
- Difficulty sleeping
- Pus draining from the ear
- Decreased appetite and energy level
- Fussiness and irritability
Did you know that young children are the most prone to acute otitis media because of their position of the Eustachian tubes? Neither did I. Apparently the tubes of young children are small and short, which allows the tubes to get blocked by even the slightest inflammation. Drainage fluid can easily build up from inflammation of a cold, and being that a child’s tubes are horizontal this can pose a problem and increase the risk of a child developing a middle-ear infection.
I’m sure this book will see even more use from me once the wee bundle joins our family in early March. The A to Z of Children’s Healthy also covers topics including: breastfeeding, colic, constipation, crying, common cold, and failure to thrive.
Pampers wants to arm Canadian parents with resources to promote baby’s happy, healthy development. Sure to become your go-to health and wellness guide, The A to Z of Children’s Health is an indispensable reference that will solve every parent’s health query.
Written by pediatric experts, Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Dr. Natasha Saunders and Dr. Norman Saunders, from the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children, this comprehensive and contemporary guide covers over 235 childhood conditions and illnesses – from diaper rash to remedies for the common cold. The easy-to-read format will guide you through questions about your child’s health, providing practical tips and strategies that may help avoid countless hours of waiting in a doctor’s office or emergency room.
As a parent, I’m sure you have lots of advice and tips of your own to share. Have you ever turned to a resource like A to Z, or wished you had it handy when dealing with your little ones illness? Leave a comment below telling me the best tip you have ever received, and complete the Rafflecopter form while at it to enter to win your very own copy of The A to Z of Children’s Health.
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