Children’s Health – What you need to know!

Having an unwell child can be stressful at the best of times, but getting a kid’s doctor doesn’t have to be. The expertise and support of the Heroes Home Doctor can help you manage your child’s health and wellbeing in the comfort of your own home. 

Pediatric home care can be one of the most effective ways to manage your child’s health. When a GP from Heroes Home Doctor visits your home, not only does it put your child at ease, but it also eliminates the stress of getting to and from a clinic appointment.

We all know a child’s health and well-being is important, not only for their physical and emotional development but also for their ability to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Here in this checklist, we’ll look at the importance of getting regular check-ups and some of the most common child health concerns. 

The most common health checks for children

Children have check-ups for various reasons, but here are some of the most common:

Allergies

A child may experience an allergic reaction when exposed to certain substances in their environment. Although these substances are harmless to most people,  a child may react with mild or severe symptoms. Common allergies can include animals and pollen, insect stings and bites, dust mites, and food. 

Asthma

When a child has asthma, there is often tightness in the chest, which creates a wheezing sound. A child can experience difficulties breathing when resting and/or when taking part in physical activity. Some children may also experience coughing or have a persistent dry cough.

Food intolerances 

A child with food intolerance may experience stomach pain, bloating, and diarrhoea. Food intolerances can include eggs, milk, and peanuts, although children can sometimes have reactions to wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.

Vaccinations and immunisations

Keeping up–to–date with your child’s immunisations is one way to make sure your child is protected from potentially serious and life-threatening diseases such as measles and diphtheria.

Minor/common injuries

Some of the most common minor injuries children experience are:

  • Falls that lead to skin abrasions, cuts, scalds, and burns
  • Injury to the bones and joints when getting fingers caught or trapped in doors and furniture
  • When playing, it’s not unusual for children to experience bruises, head injuries, and eye damage from knocks and falls
  • Children may also experience injury from foreign objects. For example, choking, swallowing, accidental poisoning. Children may also experience injury from objects lodged in the nose and ears. 

Obesity

A child can become obese when following a poor diet, lacks physical activity, and spends too much time in front of a computer or TV screen. Overweight or obese children are more likely to experience overall health risks. 

Nutrition

All children should eat at regular meal times and enjoy a variety of wholesome and natural foods. Children with a balanced and healthy diet are more likely to thrive physically and mentally. Therefore, it’s vital for children to have vitamins, minerals, and iodine for good health and development. Children also need a good balance of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and vitamin D.

Frequently asked questions – Children’s Health

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of your child, the Heroes Home Doctor has all the answers you need. 

 Does my child have asthma?

 Worried your child has asthma? Here are the symptoms to look out for:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • A tightness in the chest
  • A wheezing sound when breathing either during restful or playful activities
  • A frequent cough that may become worse at night
  • A cough or cold that lasts longer than what it should
  • Recurring bronchitis.

How can I tell if my child has food allergies?

Children with a food allergy may develop or show one or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Throat tightness
  • Itching in the mouth and throat area
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Itching skin
  • Hives

Is this an emergency? When to go to your child’s primary care doctor or the Emergency Department.

If your child experiences a life-threatening issue, call 000 for immediate medical assistance.  

If your child experiences one or more of the following, seek immediate medical help:

  • A head injury with vomiting and/or changes in alertness
  • Any physical numbness, tingling, or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Blue skin/lips
  • Difficulty speaking, such as slurring words
  • Seizures
  • Broken bones / dislocated joints (visibly sticking out of the body) 
  • Any form of physical or sexual abuse.

Other common symptoms that require urgent care can include:

  • A head injury
  • Headaches or migraines with no weakness/tingling
  • Broken bones/limbs but with no visible bone sticking out
  • Injury, lacerations, and routine illness.

The Heroes Home Doctor is available to assist with any child health and wellbeing query! Our friendly and professional staff are here for you when you need it most!

Get a doctor to your door today!

For any concerns about your child’s health and wellbeing, the Heroes Home Doctors are here to help. Heroes Home Doctors carry out child health from the comfort of your own home, taking the stress and discomfort away from going to a clinic. Heroes Home Doctors are dedicated to delivering high-quality healthcare and want the best for you and your family. 

Don’t delay booking a child health check-up now! If your child is unwell, please seek the advice of a doctor immediately.