Being a parent can be lonely, things happen that can make you question how much you really don’t know in the world. When your baby is sick over night and you run out of ideas on how to help your little bundle, it’s one of the things that can make you feel completely helpless.
In Australia we are so lucky to have a great healthcare system and a bunch of options who are there to support us if we ever doubt ourselves, need an opinion on what do I do now.
Last night my lil guy was unwell, he didn’t look sick enough to go to the hospital or call an ambulance but I needed someone I could just check in with… at 4am. I’d been given all of these numbers through our mothers group initial meetings and thought I’d share them again here, to save you googling them.
It’s useful to have these saved in your phone for when your bub is distressed, you can’t remember who to call and you have one hand to try and dial. After last night, I added the prefix “Dr” in each of the contacts to make it easy to find them when I can’t think of anything and am operating with one hand.
Trust your parenting instinct – if you need to get to a hospital – do it! Better to be wrong than sorry, our little people are too precious.
For serious illness or injury that is critical and requires urgent attention, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance or go to the emergency department of your local hospital.
However, if your uncertain and need a second opinion and it’s outside of your doctors hours, these are a couple of handy numbers:
7am – Midnight – Health Direct Pregnancy, Birth and Baby – 1800 882 436
You’ll be able to chat to a maternal child health nurse between 7am – Midnight.
“Pregnancy, Birth and Baby provides free, non-judgemental emotional support and reassurance. We provide guidance on children’s growth, behaviour and development and are able to refer parents to local services. Our maternal child health nurses work with parents to ensure the health and wellbeing of their children and family.”
24 hours – Health Direct – 1800 022 222
“The health direct helpline is a 24-hour telephone health advice line that operates seven days a week. It is staffed by registered nurses who provide expert health advice. You can call for advice if you or a member of your family are feeling ill and are unsure what to do, or for health information on a particular condition.”
Hopefully, you don’t need these numbers very often, but if you do, trust they are a fabulous source of information and a great reassurance you are doing the very best to look after your little one.