1. Stay calm
Donít let stress take over the situation. Your kids can sense it, and if they feel frightened it will likely aggravate the stress their own body is under.
2. Ask an expert
If youíre worried about the symptoms your tots are presenting, you can call Health Direct. This is a government hotline where you can talk to a registered nurse and get some professional advice. The Health Direct website is helpful, too, with a symptom checker that can help you narrow it down.
3. Know where to go
Once you know what you need to be armed with, find an open pharmacy. Hereís a national list of late-night pharmacies that are open on public holidays.
4. Get tech-savvy
Modern technology can make this experience less stressful if you know how to use it. Instant Consult is a free app that connects patients with an Australian registered GP through video call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can get in touch with somebody you can trust no matter where you are in Australia.
5. Leave 000 for emergencies
If you need medical assistance but it isnít emergency, itís important to save 000 for life-threatening situations. If you need to see a GP face-to-face outside of normal business hours, you can call 13SICK to get in touch with the National Home Doctor Service, who visit patients at home on weekends and late at night.