April works full time in higher education balancing her time between her special needs son, handsome husband, elderly mother, and new baby coming in May 2014. She has a background in theatre, film, and television but somehow stumbled into the educational field. She loves spending time with her family, dreaming of the beach and organizing her house.

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How to Know If Your Child Is Sick

What do you do when you know your child is sick? It’s difficult to figure out what is ailing our children when they have communication issues.  If they can point to what hurts, that often helps at least identify what is hurting.  It’s very frustrating for a parent to know that your child isn’t feeling well, but not be able to figure out the underlying cause.  Maybe they ate too much or not enough.  Maybe something didn’t agree with them or maybe they might be allergic to an item.

My son isn’t very expressive when it comes to telling us if he doesn’t feel well.  The only way I know he is sick is when he wants to cuddle or be held.  Most parents who are a part of the day to day care of their children can easily pick up on signs that your child is not well, but sometimes the signs are more subtle.  There are a few things that I know I’ve missed due to being rushed, busy and distracted in my daily life.  Here are a few signs to look for that might indicate an illness:

  • More tired than usual.  Rubbing eyes, taking naps when normally not a consistent napper, and falling asleep in unusual places.
  • Nose starts dripping constantly.  Even if your child has allergies, there is a huge difference when they are sick.
  • Behavior changes at a drop of a hat.  Crankiness, inability to listen(more so than usual) and a whiny voice of “No” constantly even on items they would normally do.
  • Speed of doing things decreases to a crawl.  It becomes harder to get them to move or do anything and they sometimes point to their tummy and say “hurts” when they get your attention.
  • Frustration increases when they don’t get their way (beyond normal) and they hit or throw things.  Crying instantly increases two hundred fold.

These are only a few items to look for in your child, but this time of year illness increases due to the weather changing or just being around other sick children in school or daycare.  It’s no fun when our children are sick, but if you keep an eye out for the early signs of illness you can help it not be so severe.   And hopefully you won’t get sick either!


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