As they grow up, your child will probably pick up all kinds of harmless childhood illnesses such as coughs, colds and chicken pox. Headaches, temperatures, head lice and threadworms are all also common occurrences.
Most childhood illnesses can be treated by over-the-counter medication, with no need to consult a doctor. Adult medicines are unsuitable for children and could cause serious harm if given.
There is an enormous range of children’s medicines available to help ease and treat all types of conditions. Even though they are small, children are remarkably resilient and if they’re normally in good health will bounce back from coughs, colds and seasonal viruses very quickly.
Our online pharmacy carries a wide range of different children’s medicines and treatments, suitable for all ages. These include:
- Multivitamins – drops and fruity chews
- Topical creams for irritation such as nappy rash
- Antiseptic cream
- Colic and gripe relief
- Hay fever and allergies – syrup and tablets
- Pain relief including paracetamol for fevers
- Chicken pox – sprays, cream and gel
- Cough syrup
- Threadworm treatment
- Head lice treatments
- Natural treatments for variety of ailments
When to Seek Medical Advice
Colds are a common occurrence in children as they are exposed to new cold viruses and build up their immune system. Most colds can be treated by cough medicines and children’s paracetamol, but if any of the following apply, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice:
- Your child has difficulty breathing. You should seek immediate medical attention
- Your baby is less than three months old and has a temperature of 38°C or higher
- Your child is getting worse, not better
- Symptoms last 10 days or more
- Your child is coughing up green, brown or yellow sputum; this may mean they have a bacterial infection and need antibiotics
- Your child develops pain in their nasal passages
- Your child complains of severe earache (babies or younger children may be irritable and rub their ear)
- Your child has throat pain that seems especially severe or lasts more than 3-4 days. This could be tonsillitis and require antibiotics
For more comprehensive information on childhood symptoms and illnesses, please refer to the NHS website here.