Lots of people help to keep you safe and healthy. This includes your teachers, parents and your friends. If you are feeling poorly your parents/carers might take you to see a doctor. A doctor is sometimes called a GP which stands for General Practitioner.
Finding what’s wrong
When you go to see the doctor they will ask you questions to try and find out what is making you feel poorly. They might give you a check-up, also called a physical examination to try and find out what is wrong. They might look in your ears and throat too, and sometimes they might listen to your heart and lungs.
Sometimes doctors check your temperature using a thermometer to see if it is normal. A normal temperature is between 97° and 99° fahrenheit or between 36.1° and 37.5° centigrade. If you are too hot it means you have a fever and your body is working hard to fight off an infection.
The doctor might ask you to wee in a small bottle (this can usually be quite a tricky job!) You might have to ask an adult to help you. Make sure you wash your hands after you have done this. The wee will be tested to see if you have any infections.
Helping to make you better
The doctor will then make a treatment plan to help you get better. This might include prescribing you some medicine and going home to rest quietly. The doctor might send you to a specialist – another doctor that can help you better. If you are very ill the doctor can ask for you to go to hospital. Or the doctor might tell you that you are ok.
If you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one, you can receive emergency treatment from your local GP practice for 14 days. If you don’t have a doctor, you can find your nearest surgery on the NHS Choices website: http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/GP/LocationSearch/4