How can you be practical when your child is sick?

When your child is sick, you worry. This worry can often translate into unfounded fears that something is terribly wrong with your child. Your pediatrician is the medical professional to contact in the event that your child exhibits symptoms that seem unusual or severe. The practical thing to do is to consult your pediatrician over the phone, or schedule an appointment. It might be regarding a high fever or prolonged lack of appetite; it might be a nagging cough or any other condition that seems unusual. When you bring your child in for an examination, make sure you bring to the doctor's attention any information you feel is relevant, or anything else you may think concerns your child's condition. The doctor knows what childhood diseases and conditions to check for.

Regular checkups and immunizations can prevent diseases from developing or catch them in the early stages.

Pediatricians advise parents to immunize their children against childhood diseases. Vaccines are tested before being approved by the FDA. In rare cases in the past, childhood vaccinations caused reactions in some children. Panels of experts have determined that vaccinations for childhood diseases are safe, as reported by the American Academy of Pediatricians. However, some parents are still concerned about safety issues and side effects of vaccines. One particular preservative, thimerosol, may have been the reason for reactions to vaccines that affected children by causing illness or worsening their condition. Some of these cases were proven in court. This preservative has since been removed from vaccines or reduced to trace levels, except for the flu vaccine, which is also available with thimerosol.

Vaccinations are important, and it is potentially dangerous to your children if you decide not to immunize them. Being practical means consulting with your doctor if you have concerns regarding your child's health and well-being.