Healthy children are active and alert. Sick children tend to be more quiet than normal. Often they are sleepy, less active, grumpy or looking for comfort. They can also lose interest in food. Childrens' natural defence mechanisms are not as well developed as adults. This means they are more prone to infections from bacteria and viruses. They need extra special attention when they are unwell as they can get worse very quickly. You must always check each and every medicine you use for a child that it is suitable – read the dosage instructions carefully as doses for different ages can vary.

The most common general symptoms of illness in children are fever, pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, headache and rash. Symptoms of fever (body temperature above 37°C) indicate that the body is fighting an infection from bacteria or viruses. Pain could be from sore ears and ear infections, headache or teething. Children with diarrhoea and vomiting are particularly vulnerable to dehydration due to loss of body fluids.

Helpful Tips from Mulligans Pharmacy:
Children can do these things to help stop the spread of infection
  • Cover their mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing
  • Keep cups and eating utensils to themselves. Don't share
  • Wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating
  • Use tissues – and throw them away in the rubbish after use
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