As parents we want to give our children the best possible start in life. Some of the most important decisions we have to make in caring for our children are about health care.

When your child is suffering from a cold, you can choose to give over-the-counter or prescription medications, such as a decongestant or cough medicine, to suppress the symptoms. But cold medicines can cause side effects, and they do little to strengthen the immune system or address the underlying reason for the cold. Some commonly used ingredients in cold
medications can cause restlessness, insomnia, or headaches. And there is nothing in these drugs that can actually cure the cold. In contrast, when a child with a cold is treated with herbs to soothe the respiratory tract and boost the immune system, homeopathy to ease the discomforts and prevent recurrences, and soups and teas to maintain adequate hydration, the
body is supported and strengthened as it works to restore health. It is an important way to work with the body’s ability to heal itself.

When to Call
the Doctor About Bedwetting

 If your child begins wetting the bed
consistently and also displaying symptoms of noticeably increased thirst,
increased frequency and amount of urination, fatigue, increased appetite,
and/or weight loss, see your physician. These can be symptoms of diabetes.

A child who wets the bed and complains of
abdominal pain should be examined by a doctor. This may be a sign of an
underlying infection.

Be positive. Praise and reward dry nights. Never scold a child for wetting the bed. When you feel that your child is ready for and capable of dry nights, try limiting the amount of fluids your child drinks after dinner. Ideally, a child must consume 40 percent of his daily fluid intake in the morning and 40 percent in the afternoon, with the remaining 20 percent in the evening.

Have your child urinate one hour before bedtime, again half hour before bed, and yet again just before going to bed.

It is not unusual for babies to develop diaper rashes. A diaper rash is an area of inflamed skin found in the diaper area in infants and young children. It is usually caused by skin irritation from prolonged exposure to heat, urine and feces. Some babies will develop a diaper rash when they begin eating solid food.

Sometimes, a diaper rash can lead to a bacterial or fungal infection. Diapers, whether reusable or disposable, create a hot moist environment that traps diaper contents (e.g., urine and feces) against the skin, which causes irritation and can promote infection.

Most babies will have a diaper rash at some point. Diaper rash should always be treated, and can usually be done so simply from the home. Although the number of severe diaper rash cases have decreased over time, diaper rash is just as common now as it was 30 years ago.

When to call
the Doctor about Diaper Rash

It is possible for diaper rash to become infected. Watch for signs of increased redness, swelling, tenderness, anddischarge. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if your child develops a fever, shows irritability, or loses his appetite, call your doctor. These canall be signs of an infection that may have to be treated with an antibiotic.

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