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Finding out that your child has a sudden (acute) illness can be very hard. Getting sick can be scary. It can also disrupt your child's life.
The most important thing is to deal with the illness and get healthy again. If school or other activities have to be put on hold while your child gets treatment, that is okay.
Some acute illnesses can become chronic, which means that they last for a long time. Although this may not happen with your child's illness, it is best to be prepared for this and to know how to handle it. Talk to your doctor to find out as much as you can about the illness and how best to treat it.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Here are some tips on how to keep your life on track while your child gets better.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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