Keep a close watch
A sick child is a parent’s greatest worry. But keeping a child untouched by illness is not an easy job. As resilient as they are, children are also equally susceptible to illnesses and ailments. Reason being their carefree attitude and lightning speed that you can’t always keep up with. Sometimes, you just can’t stop the fallen straw going back into your child’s mouth in time.
High fever in children those are older than 1 year. Fever is common in children. When the body fights an infection, its temperature spikes and although you shouldn’t go into panic mode every time your child has a fever, a high fever is a cause for alarm. If the fever persists for 2 days then do not ignore, and take the child to a doctor immediately.
Headaches can be caused by a number of reasons. But if it continues for a few hours and is so intense that the child cannot play, watch TV or do their favourite activity, you should be concerned. If dizziness, nausea, confusion or rash accompanies the ache, rush to a doctor immediately.
Rashes are common even in adults. But a rash that spreading across the whole body isn’t normal. If you see red or purple dots or if the rash doesn’t turn white on pressing, you should seek medical care.
You can never keep a track of what your child puts in his/her mouth. So stomach infections might be a common occurrence. But if it is severe diarrhea, where the child has loose motions and vomiting very frequently accompanied by a severe stomachache, take him/her to a doctor. Diarrhea can lead to dehydration too, which is an added complication.
If you see your child not moving its neck at all, or being very rigid in movements, it could be because of a stiff neck. A stiff neck can happen due to wrong sleeping posture and may not be something to worry about. However, if the child has a high persistent fever, or rashes or a severe headache, you should seek medical advice immediately.
With the rise of pollutants in the air, eye infections are common. Pollen, dust in the house or allergies from pets may cause an eye infection. Eyes may be itchy, watery, red, and maybe a bit swollen too. But if you see blisters on the white of the eye, or such severe swelling that the eyes may not open, or continuous discharge, get the child to a doctor.
Seek medical advice
Taking care of children is not easy and you may find yourself doubting yourself as a good parent often. There is always confusion between what a serious ailment is and what is a passing thing, but if you have doubts, listen to the gut feeling and go ahead to seek medical advice. As a parent, you will always know what’s best for your child.
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