Looking after a sick child

If you think your child is ill, please call Duff Street Medical Centre on 5995 4988 to make an appointment. Your doctor can give you advice on how to treat your child’s illness and prescribe medicines.

We all know that looking after a sick child can be stressful, exhausting and mentally draining.
Make things as easy for yourself as you can. Get rest and sleep when you can, and try to get somebody else to take over every now and then to give you a break.

Sick children get very tired and need plenty of rest. Encourage your child to doze off when they need to. Hold their hand or lay beside them to comfort them while they doze off.

If you have a baby, it is recommended to never fall asleep with a sick baby on the couch, even if you’re both exhausted. This increases the chances of cot death.

Whether they’re in bed or on the couch, the following will help them feel more comfortable.

  • Keep the room well ventilated and not too warm. If the room is too warm, it can make them feel worse.
  • Give your child plenty to drink. For the first day or so don’t bother about food unless they want it. After that start trying to tempt them with bits of food and encouraging them to have nutritious drinks like milk.
  • Try to give your child time for quiet games, stories, company and comfort.
Minor Accidents

Duff Street Medical Centre has a 3 bed treatment room fully equipped to with minor casualties, such as cuts or items trapped in the nose or ear. If this is the situation, please advise reception when you call.