5 common childhood health concerns (and how to relieve them)

Dad and toddler daughter

Young kids always keep parents on their toes – especially when it comes to their health and well-being. Maybe it’s another lurgy from childcare, a weird cough or a funny tummy, but there always seems to be something going on. 

From coughs to crusty eyes to constipation, here’s some very common conditions that can crop up for small children – and what parents can do to help kids feel much better, much sooner.

Allergies

When allergens enter our bodies, our immune system responds by releasing a chemical called histamine, which then causes allergy symptoms. Allergies present in children in a number of different ways, with symptoms including hayfever, hives, a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing.

If an antihistamine has been recommended for your child’s allergies, you’re just one step away from keeping those itches, runny noses, watery eyes and pesky sneezes at bay. Little Allergies, an orange-pineapple-flavoured liquid antihistamine for the relief of hayfever and allergy symptoms, can be taken by children aged 12 months and up, in consultation with your family’s GP or Paediatrician.

Baby girl and mother

Coughs and splutters

Winter and spring are prime splutter season and there’s little worse than seeing your child feeling poorly and struggling with a cough, which may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

If your doctor has recommended giving your child a cough syrup, consider trying the pleasant-tasting Little Coughs . Suitable for children over six months of age, it contains natural ivy leaf extract that helps break down mucus and clear congested little chests. 

Keep kids warm when they have a cough and ensure they have plenty of fluids to drink. A humidifier in your child’s room can help ease coughing and loosen up congestion too. 


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Tummy troubles

Constipation is really common in small children and can not only give them upsetting tummy aches, but make going to the toilet a really unpleasant experience. 

Ensuring your child drinks plenty of water, has a high fibre diet, includes plenty of activity in their day and isn’t made to feel stressed about their bowel movements can all help to ease constipation. 

Sometimes your doctor might suggest a laxative along with some simple dietary changes to get things moving. Little Parachoc is a chocolate and vanilla flavoured oral liquid for the gentle treatment of constipation, which can also be added to your child’s usual milk or yogurt for easy administration. It helps soften stools by lubricating the bowel and is recommended for children aged 12 months and up.

Dad and toddler girl

Crusty eyes

“Sleep in the eye” or “eye boogers” – medically known as rheum – can be an ongoing issue in babies and toddlers. This rheum is made up of eye mucus, skin cells, oil, and other debris and is often most obvious after waking from a nap.

Once you’ve ruled out possible eye infections, you may be left wondering how to keep those little peepers debris-free. Simply wipe the offending matter away with Little Eyes Cleansing Wipes, which are ophthalmologist-recommended and dermatologist-certified as suitable for sensitive skin. Individually-wrapped for convenience, they’re great for your nappy bag. 

If your child has constantly sore looking or red eyes, head to your family’s doctor to get to the bottom of things.

toddler eating strawberry

Picky eating

Perhaps your little one is sticking firmly to one food group or rarely strays from their much-loved bowl of plain pasta, and you’re worried about their nutrition and overall health?

Don’t panic if you have a picky eater, instead fortify your patience and remember that it can take a while for children to embrace new foods. Stick at it!

Parents of children over 12 months of age might consider a supplement to boost their child’s iron levels during periods of fussy eating. Little Iron is a berry-flavoured supplement with an organic, low constipation form of iron that’s gentle on the tummy. It also packs B-group vitamins to help restore energy and Vitamin C to assist with iron absorption.

Remember your family doctor is your very best ally when it comes to your child’s health. Forming a brilliant relationship with them can safeguard your child’s wellbeing for life, so find your gang a brilliant one. If you’re planning on treating your child with any sort of health-related preparation or medication, check with your GP and always administer as directed.

This is a sponsored post for the Little™ product range. 

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Consult your healthcare professional before using Little Coughs in children under 2 years.

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