Children are precious to us and parenting is a big responsibility. As parents we want the best for our children so they grow up to be healthy and happy individuals.
There are so many decisions to make as a parent and immunisation is one of them. Recent news in the media might have caused you to have a dilemma – “should I or shouldn’t I immunise my child?” At the end of the day it is a decision you will have to make as the parent of your child, but it does help to have some information available to you to make that decision.
“Just like any other medicine or treatment, immunisation also has its risks and benefits,” say Self Care pharmacists. “The risks of catching a serious disease without being immunised are much greater than the small risk of having immunisation. We are lucky these days that we don’t see many of the diseases our grandparents used to see, such as poliomyelitis and diphtheria.”
Free immunisation is available to children in New Zealand to protect them from nine serious diseases. To be fully protected your children need to have all of the immunisations in the series. The diseases that this series of immunisations protects your children from are, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, measles, tetanus, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and haemophilus influenzae type b.
There are many serious long-term problems, and even death, that may occur with some of these diseases if your child is not immunised. To discuss the benefits and risks of immunisation for your child, talk to your Self Care pharmacist, Plunket nurse or doctor.
And it doesn’t just stop at immunisation. Children also get sick from other things and most parents will admit it is quite a trying time when you have a sick child. Every child is different and they all respond in different ways to illnesses and infections.
Fever or pain are common symptoms seen in children and can occur with teething, a cold or from some common childhood diseases like measles or chicken pox. Medicines are available to treat pain and fever and your Self Care pharmacist can help you choose the best one for your child. Give the correct dose depending on your child’s age and weight.
“We know the good old kitchen teaspoon is forever handy, but not all teaspoons are the same size so give your child medicines using proper measuring spoons or syringes,” advise Self Care pharmacists. These are available from pharmacies.
Visit your local Self Care pharmacy today and get your free copy of the Child Health fact card. This contains useful information on immunisation and also goes through the signs and symptoms of common childhood diseases.
And one other important point keep all medicines out of reach and out of sight of children, preferably locked away.
For further information please contact us