In this study session, you have learned that
- A sick young infant or child needs to be referred urgently to hospital when they have a severe classification (other than severe persistent diarrhoea when there is time to give treatment to the child before referral). Children with a general danger sign usually also need to be referred urgently.
- Pre-referral treatments for a sick young infant or child are critical because they can prevent serious consequences such as progression of bacterial meningitis or brain damage. They can help prevent an illness from worsening.
- When referring an infant or child to hospital you should reassure the mother, provide her with a referral note and supplies for the journey, and help her with arrangements for any other children at home.
- Counselling the mother is an important aspect of your role.
- ‘Treatment’ refers to drugs or other treatment that you provide at the health post or that the caregiver can be taught to provide at home.
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