I would like my children to have a meter and an instruction manual. Reading symptoms is an important part of parenting and can keep them safe without a sudden trip to the doctor.
You know your child. If there is a problem, don’t be afraid to convince your doctor, and if you don’t get an answer, find a new doctor.
Antibiotics don’t cure viruses either (kids have a lot of them!).
Here are five symptoms that all parents should pay attention to, from babies to teens (and into adulthood).
Dehydration is caused by not drinking enough water. This is serious. The body needs water to function excellently.
Vomiting, diarrhea, not drinking enough, and strenuous exercise without hydration can lead to dehydration.
Your child may be listless and irritable, have a headache, have difficulty urinating, have dark-colored urine, cry without tears, or have dry skin or lips.
Give your child something to drink while you call the doctor. Make it a drinking game. I get a sip, you get a sip.
If your child is unresponsive or unconscious, call for help immediately; call 911.
The child should be awake and alert. If he or she is unable to get up, is unusually quiet or inactive, or shows no interest in favorite toys, call your health care provider.
Any change in reaction, especially after a fall or head injury, should be checked by a health care provider immediately (more on this later).
If your child is not breathing, call 911. If your child is short of breath, not moving, wheezing, or wheezing, call your doctor. Excessive coughing may indicate asthma, a serious illness, or something stuck in the esophagus or windpipe.
Does the area around the mouth, fingernails, or lips turn blue? Look for gray or pale skin. View at the noses to see if they are open. Look at the rib cage to see if the skin is sucked in when the child breathes.
Headache, dizziness, fainting
Headaches, dizziness, and fainting are situations to watch for. If a child experiences any of these symptoms after falling or hitting his or her head, see a doctor. Talk to your doctor if your child has any of the following symptoms after a head injury: vomiting, vision or mood changes, confusion, or sensitivity to light or sound. These are symptoms of a concussion.
In case of persistent headache and analgesic vomiting, infantile headache, headache with fever or stiff neck, consult a physician (the latter, immediately).
If your baby or toddler won’t stop crying, doesn’t want to be held, cries strangely, or has a particularly high fever, call your doctor. There are many reasons why they won’t stop crying.
While you are waiting for the doctor’s call, check for something wrapped around the fingers or toes, any uncomfortable tags on clothing, or any other minor cause. Ask about pressure on the right side of the stomach. Look for rashes that do not go away temporarily with gentle pressure.
Raising a child, especially an infant seems to be a balance between anxiety and exhaustion. By paying attention to the signs, you can better assess your child’s condition and know whether to go to the doctor or call an ambulance. Normal behavior is fine, even if there is a fever or cough. Let’s wait and see.
Unusual behavior always causes concern. Has it checked out? Seizures are not normal, whether he has a fever or not. Seek help immediately. Dehydration can be fatal. While you call the doctor, have your child drink water.
If you’re a new parent, you’ll notice. And your child will throw you a new curveball.