Viral illnesses

It is very common for young children to have a viral illness 6-12 times a year.  In fact for their first few years of life it can often feel that they are just recovering from one illness when another one starts.  This is normal and doesn’t mean that there is a problem with their immune system.

 

Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is caused by many different viral infections.  In an adult or older child it may result in cold-like symptoms, but in young babies and infants the same viruses can cause a wheeze, difficulty breathing, poor drinking and fever.

The best treatment is prevention!  If you are unwell you should stay away from young babies and infants.  We understand that with older siblings this isn’t possible.

Bronchiolitis treatment is all around supporting your child’s breathing and fluids while their immune system gets rid of the virus.  Sometimes this may mean admission to hospital, but usually your GP can help you manage at home with frequent reviews. 

Here are some FAQ about viral illnesses that may help you.

Children’s behaviour can be very challenging at times.  Some children are more challenging than others.  This is because a child’s front part of their brain (frontal lobe) has not fully developed and so their judgement and ability to control their behaviour can be variable.

Some children have underlying causes for their challenging behaviour such as sensory processing disorders, poor speech, ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

There are lots of strategies that can help and it is important to realise that in these situations the child’s behaviour isn’t because of parenting or the child’s fault.

Please talk with your GP about your concerns.  Occupational therapists and speech pathologists can assist to provide strategies.  Sometimes there can be a long wait to access these services but your GP can provide you with simple suggestions to begin with.

Early intervention funding is also available via the NDIS to assist with the cost of therapy.

It can be difficult as a parent to know what is normal and what is normal.  This is where your GP can help you. 

We can assess your child during an appointment and talk with you around what they can and can’t do.  There is often a wide range for “normal” in development but it is important that we pick up any delays early to put interventions in place to prevent further delay.  Children who are premature are assessed upon their corrected age – how old they would be if they had been born at term.

Sometimes children may have a delay in one area, sometimes in multiple areas. 

Early intervention funding is available via the NDIS to assist with the cost of therapy to help these children catch up to their peers.

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