Is the baby sick? Invite a doctor to him, even if you are sure that you can quite cure him on your own. Not seeking help from a doctor, moms and dads make a big mistake, and, as a rule, more than one.

6 Common Mistakes Parents Make When Treating Their Children

1. You gave the child the wrong diagnosis

It seems to you that the crumbs have a common cold, but in fact, another disease may be hiding under its guise. For example, measles, rubella, viral hepatitis, polio, and many other infections begin with a runny nose and sore throat, and sometimes they are limited to these symptoms. In such cases, doctors talk about erased forms of the disease. But even if the child suffered it easily, he will still remain a distributor of viruses for quite a long time, which means that he will infect other babies. An experienced doctor will suspect something is wrong by comparing the child's symptoms with epidemiological data and test results. 

In addition, with many childhood infections, in particular - measles, rubella , scarlet fever, the rash sometimes appears for a short time and is so implicit that mothers take it for an allergy or do not notice it at all. As a result, the child continues to be vaccinated against infections that he had had, although this is not necessary. But worst of all, he does not receive targeted treatment, such as a course of antibiotics, which are prescribed to patients with scarlet fever to prevent complications. In children who have not been treated in this way, the risk of damage to the kidneys, heart and joints increases, and their pathology may not appear immediately, but in the distant future. Do not endanger his health!

2. Blurred the picture of the disease

Her symptoms may be distorted under the influence of drugs that you gave the baby on your own initiative. This is especially dangerous when the baby complains about the tummy: the doctor must feel it, determining where it hurts more - this is the only way to recognize an intestinal infection, appendicitis , strangulated hernia. If you gave your child an anesthetic or antipyretic drug to drink (fever medicines also have an analgesic effect), the pain will subside, and it may seem to you that the baby is getting better, although the inflammatory process will go on as usual. So you can miss precious time to help the baby! 

3. Gave the wrong medicine

Without knowing the peculiarities of their action, it is easy to miss: for example, give a child a dry cough syrup at a time when mucus is actively formed in the trachea and bronchi and it must be coughed up. Or take drugs based on aceticysteine ​​acid so beloved by mothers - this is an effective remedy, but in babies prone to asthmatic bronchitis (not to mention small asthmatics), it can provoke an asthma attack. The medicine must be selected by a doctor! 

4. Did not take into account contraindications

Does your baby have the flu or chickenpox? Even if there are no other antipyretics at hand, except for acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), do not use this medicine! The child may experience bleeding, as well as a sharp drop in blood sugar and other complications up to the most severe Reye's syndrome, which often ends in death! Not surprisingly, WHO does not recommend the use of this medicine in children. Its leaders have raised the issue at the government level of issuing aspirin in pharmacies only by prescription. 

5. Put a pill in a candy

Not even the whole pill, but a piece of it, because there was no children's version of the medicine at hand, and you took advantage of what is produced for adults. Doing so is not worth it! 

Firstly, in this case, you can easily make a mistake with the dose, incorrectly calculating it or simply not being able to break the pill into equal parts. 

Secondly, it is undesirable to violate the integrity of the tablet: this can adversely affect the condition of the baby's teeth and the absorption of the medicine, especially when it comes to capsules, dragees, and coated tablets. 

And thirdly, trying to sweeten the child's medicine, that is, mixing it into jam, ice cream, mousse or putting sweets inside, you largely neutralize its beneficial effect.

6. Filled the child with medicines unnecessarily

If the temperature is in the range of 38–38.5 degrees, the child tolerates it well and in the past he did not have convulsions , you can wait with antipyretics! The body raises degrees in order to more actively fight the infection. Knocking down the temperature without good reason, you help the disease drag on and increase the likelihood of complications. 

Let's say the mercury in the thermometer stopped above 38.5 degrees. Do not immediately grab a bottle of antipyretic syrup! Start with a simple one - physical cooling methods. Undress the child and wash his body with water. 

Never give your baby antibiotics on your own initiative! They don't work on suppress them with colds and flu in a baby (as well as measles, rubella or mumps) is at least unreasonable. True, the doctor may recommend such a medicine for the prevention of bacterial complications in acute respiratory viral infections, if the child's body is weakened for some reason. But this is required only in 6–8% of cases of colds, and in practice, mothers stuff their children with antibacterial drugs much more often. This can lead to diarrhea (diarrhea), thrush, and the development of multidrug resistance. As a result, when the child really needs antibiotics, they will not work, because the pathogens that have already encountered them at your mercy have already learned to defend themselves against them.