Baby & Child

As parents, your child becomes the most important thing in the world and their safety and happiness is your new priority. In order to keep them safe and healthy, it is vital to take them to the doctor regularly, especially if they are younger.

Overview

At Providence Clinic, we understand your concerns and are able to treat common acute ailments and also provide vaccinations and follow up healthcare for your children.

Common Ailments in Children and Treatments

Varicella
(Chicken Pox)

Varicella, more commonly known as chickenpox, is a highly contagious disease that causes fever and small red spots on the child’s skin. While not very dangerous, it may cause extreme discomfort, especially as the spots are very itchy. To treat it , doctors will prescribe antiviral medication to kill the infection. It is recommended parents take action and seek medical advice as soon as the rash occurs.

Do speak to our doctors about the available vaccinations against this common airborne pathogen.

Respiratory Tract Infection

Respiratory tract infections include a variety of infections such as sore throats, laryngitis and the common cold. Treatment methods include rest, decongestants and nasal sprays, as well as plenty of fluids. 

Common Cold & Sore Throat

Most children will get the common cold as it is highly contagious and easily picked up from other children if they are in a closed environment together such as kindergarten. The common cold usually has a runny nose, congestion, sneezing and coughing, but no fever. Its symptoms are also gradual, so measures can be taken to stop it from getting worse quite quickly. While there is no specific treatment, doctors will usually administer some medication to stop the runny nose or give decongestants based on the symptoms that particular child is experiencing. That may ease the child’s discomfort until the symptoms go away, usually in a week to 10 days.

Sore throat is another common childhood ailment and may cause the child pain and discomfort. Unless the sore throat is caused by an infection like streptococcus, also known as strep throat, there is no specific medication to administer. However, doctors may give the child some medication to soothe their throat such as cough drops that contain numbing agents to stop the pain. 

Flu

Many children will also get the flu. The flu is a viral infection characterised by a sudden onset of symptoms that include fever, sore throat and coughing. This may cause the child discomfort and fevers may damage the child’s body if left untreated or if their temperature is too high. For the flu, doctors will usually administer some paracetamol to bring down and control the child’s temperature as well as some decongestants and cough medication to soothe other symptoms.

Viral Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu)

Viral Gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu, is also a common childhood illness. It is caused by bacteria and symptoms include watery diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Some people also get fevers. While there is no specific medication or treatment to administer, the doctor will likely give medication to stop the symptoms such as anti-diarrhoea medication, paracetamol and pain relief.

Ear Pain

Many children will also suffer from ear pain occasionally. The causes vary from pressure on the jaw due to teething, middle ear infections, pressure from a sinus infection and so on. The best way for the doctor to understand and treat the cause of the pain is through an examination. Infections can be treated with antibiotics and decongestants may relieve the pressure from sinus causes.

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Clinic Locations

Providence Clinic @ Redhill

Providence Clinic @ Hillford

Providence Clinic @ Novena

COVID testing and Pre-Departure Testing are available at our Hillford & Novena Branches. Please call to enquire more and to make an appointment.