If you take your child to a doctor, make the most of your time by writing down information the doctor will need before you go, including:
- Any signs and symptoms your child is experiencing
- How long your child has been having signs and symptoms
- Whether your child has been in child care or other environments where the disease might be spread
- Any questions you have
Some questions you might want to ask your doctor include:
- What's the likely cause of the symptoms?
- Are there other possible causes?
- Will my child need to undergo any tests?
- What's the best treatment approach?
- Is there a need to take medicine?
- What can I do at home to make my child more comfortable?
What to expect from your doctor
Some questions the doctor may ask include:
- When did symptoms first begin?
- How severe are the symptoms?
- Has your child recently been exposed to anyone who was sick?
- Have you heard of any illnesses at your child's school or day care?
- Does anything seem to improve the symptoms?
- Does anything appear to worsen the symptoms?
What you can do in the meantime
To help lessen discomfort, doctors often recommend:
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- Getting rest
- Drinking fluids — milk-based fluids may be easier to tolerate than acidic liquids, such as juice or soda
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers other than aspirin, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), if needed, but they're not necessary for low-grade fevers
- Using mouthwash or oral spray to numb pain
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