When to Seek Medical Help for Your Child

by Evita Knutson

Parents are usually the first people to identify the changes in their child's behavior.

Infections and fevers are the common problems seen in each and every child. Don’t panic if your baby gets sick. Identify the situation when to seek medical care for your child.

Fever is often a sign of infection and is the major symptom observed in children. You need to consult a pediatrician if your child’s body temperature is relatively high.

Viral infections of the respiratory system are the major cause for fever in infants.

Antibiotics do not treat this infection, rather they increase the drug reaction in children which may lead to other potential problems.

Don’t use antibiotics unless the doctor advices it. Some infections can be cured quickly by using antibiotics such as ear infections, skin infections, gastrointestinal infection and pneumonia.

Appetite: If your child doesn’t show interest to eat food or refuses feedings contact the doctor.

Vomiting usually results from infection or indigestion. If your kid is getting dehydrated due to excess vomiting then immediately consult your doctor.

Dehydration: Infants often get dehydrated due to diarrhea and vomiting. It may also result from lack of drinking water. Common signs to identify dehydration include dry mouth, sunken eyes, irritability etc.

Fussiness may be a sign of illness. If your child is crying continuously and you are unable to console him or her then immediately seek doctor’s advice.

Cough can be seen very commonly in children since they are easily affected by infection. If cold symptoms worsen, your child complains about ear pain, or has trouble breathing then report the issue to the pediatrician.

Eye symptoms: His eyes are pink,red, and/or crusty, or if you observe leaking mucus consult the physician. Pinkeye is a common infection which is easily spread from other kids. Most of them will be cured within 3 to 4 days. If the problem still persists consult the doctor for treatment.

Skin symptoms: Your baby’s skin becomes red, develops hives, or shows signs of infection, such as pus.

Chicken pox can cause severe problems in newborns and adults. This deadly disease is now preventable with varicella vaccine.

Ear symptoms: Your baby doesn’t respond to sounds, has ear pain, or has fluid leaking from his ears.

Other symptoms
*If your child is unconscious, semi conscious or has a seizure, seek immediate medical attention.
*Your kid feels tenderness
*Your baby becomes exhausted, or has difficulty waking up early in the morning.

Symptoms may appear in clusters and can signal a cold, flu or other infection. For example, meningitis is an inflammation that affects the tissue which surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms are headache, fever and irritability.
Bacterial meningitis is very harmful compared to viral meningitis.

Seek the doctor’s help immediately, which if not treated at the right time would result in serious issues.

About the Guest Author: 
My name is Evita.  I am a tech writer from UK.  I am into Finance. At present I am focusing on ppi claims (http://premiumclaims.com). Catch me @financeport.

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