Explain treatments for common childhood illnesses

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell
Learning outcome: 1. Know common childhood illnesses
Assessment criteria: 1.3 Explain treatments for common childhood illnesses

  • Cold – rest and fluids
  • Influenza (flu) – fluids, paracetamol to reduce fever
  • Diarrhea/vomiting – fluids, high carb food (toast, pasta, rice etc.) to be offered, medical attention to be sought if there is blood or mucus in stools
  • Ear infections – prescribed antibiotics on advice from doctor
  • Tonsilitis – fluids, paracetamol to reduce fever
  • Whooping cough – see doctor immediately for antibiotics
  • Chickenpox – paracetemol to reduce fever, calamine lotion to soothe itching
  • Measles – fluids, paracetemol to reduce fever, dim lights/close curtains if child displays sensitivity to light
  • German measles (rubella) – fluids, paracetamol to reduce fever, child must not have contact with preganant woman
  • Mumps – fluids, paracetamol to reduce fever, soups and soft foods that are easy to swallow to be offered
  • Scabies – prescribed insecticidal cream, family must also be treated
  • Hand, foot and mouth – rest and fluids
  • Impetigo – prescribed antibiotic cream from doctor
  • Scarlet fever – prescribed antibiotics from doctor, paracetamol to reduce fever
  • Meningitis – hospitalization and prescribed treatment

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