We know when we are personally ill. It can be challenging to work out whether someone else is feeling under the weather, especially if that someone is a child. Children may not be fully aware of what they are experiencing or unable to describe the symptoms. That’s why the right questions can make all the difference. If you know what questions to ask you’ll be able to determine what you need to do to help.
How do you feel
This is a general question so expect a general answer. It’s a great question to ask before you start probing for more information; you don’t want your child to feel as if they are being interrogated. They may not be able to tell you what’s specifically wrong but they will be able to tell you if they are feeling like their normal self.
Where does it hurt
If your child has come to you complaining of pain, the first thing you need to do is determine where the pain is situated. Is it an all over pain? Is it specifically their head that hurts? Is it their stomach that has a pain? Once you have located the pain it should make the situation a lot clearer.
Level of pain
It can be hard for a child to rate their own pain. They don’t have much to compare the situation too. There are a lot of great pain scales available online. These can make rating pain easier. Try and get one that uses emoticons, it will make it easier for your child to relate to a face/picture rather than a colour, word or number.
You can obviously use a thermometer to check your child’s temperature but it’s easier to ask. If you do find that your child has a mild temperature try asking your child if they are suffering from any cold n flu symptoms. It’s more than likely that you’ve noticed them. Things like cough, runny and blocked nose. A cough can be easily fixed with bisolvon children’s cough syrup. However, if they aren’t showing any cold and flu symptoms make sure to keep an eye on their temperature. Don’t be afraid to see a healthcare professional if you’re concerned. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
It’s all about communication. These questions are merely suggestions of how you can get your child talking. This will lead to you understanding what it is you need to do. If you aren’t entirely sure, keep asking questions or consult with your child’s doctor. If something is wrong you child will let you know the best they possibly can, it is then your job to refine what they have said and identify what the actual problem is or whether they need to go to the doctor.
Amanda is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.