10 Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore in Children
Suhana, a 4-year-old girl, woke up at about 3 am with a high fever. Her parents gave her medicine and tried to put her back to sleep when they noticed little red dots popping up in her body. They rushed her to the doctor where they confirmed that she had serious allergic reactions. Though rashes, cuts, coughs and cold are part of every kid’s childhood, it is natural to feel anxious about your child’s health or worry about their safety.
As parents, we are often apprehensive as to when to see a doctor and when to resort to other alternatives. To ease this parental apprehension, we have listed out 10 health symptoms that parents should not overlook and get the advice of a pediatric medical practitioner.
- Sudden weight loss: If a healthy child experiences a sudden unexplained weight loss. There can be several life-threatening factors that could be contributing to the sudden weight loss which makes it essential to seek the help of a doctor to figure out the root cause of the unexpected weight reduction.
- Elevated body temperature: A fever that is over 102 degrees and lasts for two or more days, or if the fever is accompanied by abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, burning during urination, or difficulty waking up, seek medical attention immediately.
- Vomit in sleep: This is an emergency; parents should immediately consult your pediatrician.
- Frequent headaches: Headaches are not very common among children. If a child frequently complains of headaches that persist for hours, despite giving medication and rest or if the pain is so intense that the child is unable do any activities, it is time to see a doctor.
- Constant stomach ache: If a child complains of stomach ache which is persistently increasing and is accompanied by vomiting, loose stools, and abdominal tenderness, it calls for an emergency. Parents or caregivers should immediately seek help for a pediatrician.
- Hearing problem: Parents and caregivers should also not ignore a situation where a child is not responding to sounds and should immediately seek an appointment with your Pediatrician to figure out if the child has hearing issues.
- Breathing difficulties: It is normal for a child having a cold or cough to experience trouble breathing due to nasal congestion. But if a child suddenly experiences shortness of breath, makes a whistling sound or wheezes while playing games or involving in exhaustive activities. It is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Allergies: Red dots that appear in large concentrations or do not disappear when you press on the skin can be signs of an allergic reaction. They can also signal problems with the child’s circulatory system you should consult your doctor immediately.
- Stiffness in the neck: It is advisable to consult a doctor if your child having a stiff neck along with other symptoms like high temperature, tiredness, vomiting, dizziness, blurry vision, and nausea.
- Swollen Face: Swollen tongue, lips, or eyes, especially when accompanied by vomiting or itchiness often signal a serious allergic reaction, and you should seek medical help right away.
Early recognition and treatment of symptoms can prevent an illness or injury from getting worse or turning into an emergency. Carengrow health care programs help caregivers by identifying these signs early on and treating them to foster the child’s health and happiness.