Health Care For Children: A Few important Signs You Should Not Ignore

Health Care For Children

Health Care For Children If you are a parent then no doubt you would be familiar with several ailments that tend to affect children frequently. From colds, flus, fevers, runny noses, stomach aches, head aches, rashes and plagues to allergies and infections; there are a myriad of issues that need to be dealt with as your child grows up.

Most of the time, parents tend to ignore certain symptoms they feel are miniscule or negligible, thinking these issues will either wear off automatically, or could be rectified with in house treatments.

However, it is important to note that certain health related symptoms that you might take for normal can in fact lead to more severe issues if left unattended to. And in most of these cases, it is recommended that you take your child to the nearest available paediatrician for medical support. As a responsible parent, you need to take the call and decide when you need to take your kid to the doctor; and when you can treat him/her at home.

Here are a few well known health ailments in children, that although may sound ordinary, can cause serious developments in the long run. Read on to find out how to learn to decipher these danger signals; and what to do in these life altering situations!

High Fever in Kids (Above 1 year)

It is a common tendency for parents to rush their kids to the hospital as soon as the latter develop flu like symptoms or fever. And although this is not considered an unnecessary practise, there are certain symptoms that can indicate whether kids need to visit the doctor or can be treated at home.

Let’s take a common example wherein a kid above 2 years of age is suffering from fever. The first thing you would probably want to do at this stage is check his/her temperature. Doctors recommend that you check the body temperature under his/her arm, and add an extra degree to the reading that comes up for more accurate results.

So if your toddler has a temperature of 100 degrees Farenheit, his/her actual temperature would be somewhere around 101 degrees Farenheit. And any thing above 100.4 degrees Farenheit is considered as a fever.

Symptoms you don’t need to worry about

Parents tend to fret a lot when their kids develop fever. If you follow suit, then be rest assured that there is nothing to worry about initially when your toddler develops fever. For catching a fever is his/her way of fighting an impending infection; and it is noted that the body’s immune system actually works doubly hard during a fever. So unless the fever does not reduce by 2 or 3 days, there is nothing to worry about. There is also no need to worry about your child’s condition if he/she is able to eat and drink without any issues despite having a fever.

Medications you can try out

Do not give your kid any kind of medication if he/she has a temperature less than 100 degrees Farenheit. These kinds of fever usually disappear on their own. If your child’s body temperature exceeds 100 degrees Farenheit and he/she is more than 6 months old, you can try medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, making sure that you stick to the recommended dosage for children.

When you should ses a doctor

Take your kid to see a doctor only if he/she remains feverish for more than 2 days (4 days or more for children older than 2 years old).

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You can also take him/her to the doctor if he/she exhibits symptoms like vomiting, dizziness or loss of appetite.

Headaches

As adults, we tend to handle headaches by consuming pain relievers and taking rest. And though the same practise can be followed for children, there are certain symptoms that you need to look out for in order to detect more serious issues.

Symptoms you don’t need to worry about

If your child complains of having a headache, give him/her a pain reliever and ask him/her to take some rest. In most of the cases, the headache would abate by the time he/she gets up.

When you should see a doctor

If your kid still complains of having a headache despite taking pain relievers; and if he/she feels incapacitated by the pain, then you should most definitely take him/her to the paedetrician. In addition to this, symptoms like blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, fever, vomiting, stiff neck or trouble walking would most definitely warrant a visit to the doctor. Freuquent headaches are also a cause for concern and need to be evaluated with a paediatrician.

Rashes

Seasonal rashes are common in childhood and usually affect children when the latter develop infections due to allergies or climatic changes etc. And while most rashes tend to fade away within a few days of appearing, some can be serious and could lead to unnecessary complications.

Symptoms you don’t need to worry about

As and when your child develops a rash, check out his/her symptoms before opting for a visit to the doctor. Accordingly, if the rash is prevalent only on the hands and feet; and changes color (red to white) when you press it, it is harmless and can be treated at home.

Some rashes however do not tend to change color when you press them, and generally occur along with fever, nausea or cough. And although you don’t need to worry about them, in some very rare cases, they may lead to a medical condition called meningitis orsepsis which needs to be treated immediately.

When you should see a doctor

It is always considered wise to visit a doctor whenever your child develops rashes in the form of red or purple dots that don’t change color when you press them. You should also choose to visit a paediatrician if your child develops hives; rashes that often accompany facial (or lip swelling) and labored breathing.

Stomach aches

Kids tend to suffer from stomach aches quite frequently and most of the time, there is nothing to worry about these issues unless they cause severe dehydration. Accordingly, in certain cases, stomach aches in children are accompanied by bouts of diarrhea and vomiting.

Symptoms you don’t need to worry about

If your child is complaining of having a stomachache, and you notice that he/she is passing gas, then wait for a while to notice other signs if any. Normally, kids who develop gas in their stomach tend to feel better once the former moves out of the body.

When you should see a doctor

If your child develops these symptoms along with a severe stomacache, then you should continuously check his/her condition to notice signs of dehydration if any. Although vomiting may not cause much dehydration, diarrhea would; and if your child has both these issues, then it is best you check with a doctor for further course of treatment.

Stiff Neck

Now this is a tricky one to decipher. If your kid stands rigidly, without looking to the left or right, would you diagnose it to be a minor sprain or a sore muscle, or would you think it was something more serious like meningitis?

Symptoms you don’t need to worry about

If your kid complains of having a stiff neck, check for other symptoms if any. If he/she feels pain in the area, but is able to stand, walk and talk properly, then chances are it might just be a sore muscle somewhere.

When you should see a doctor

A stiff neck that is accompanied by light fever, headache or sensitivity could possibly signify that your kid is suffering from a condition called meningitis which needs immediate medical treatment.  Alternatively, if your child develops high fever and finds it difficult to speak or eat, he/she may be suffering from tonsil inflammation; a condition that needs to be treated immediately.

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