Is your child beginning to exhibit signs of sickness? Due to the way children play, it seems like they are always coming down with some kind of illness such as a cold. Thus, whenever a child sneezes, coughs or starts to run a fever, parents tend to pay close attention. They hope their child is simply coming down with a cold instead of being something more serious.
As a parent, it is important for you to know the difference between when your child simply has one of the many common ailments children tend to get in childhood or when their sickness requires a visit to the doctor’s office. Some of the more common symptoms children experience when sick include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, feeling tired, not sleeping well and a loss of appetite.
When children are vomiting, it tends to be an unpleasant and even frightening experience for both the children and parents. When children are sick, vomiting is one of the symptoms of a viral stomach illness. This illness tends to last anywhere from six to 24 hours. Other things that can cause a child to vomit include motion sickness and stress. Recommended treatment options include rest, sips of water and eating plain crackers once the vomiting is over.
A doctor’s visit is necessary when a child is vomiting for more than 24 hours or if the child is vomiting due to some type of infection like strep throat or a urinary tract infection. Medicine will be necessary to treat these types of conditions. A doctor’s visit is also necessary if a child vomits after accidentally ingesting something such as household cleaner’s pills. If a child were to fall down and hit their head and begin vomiting, an immediate trip to the doctor is necessary.
Like adults, children can also be susceptible to getting various types of headaches. When a child has a headache, it tends to be the result of some type of stress going on in their life. Other causes for children getting headaches include eating certain foods, having an infection and being genetically predisposed. Recommended treatment options include avoiding anything that can trigger a headache.
A doctor’s visit is necessary when a child is experiencing a headache due to some form of trauma to the head. Other reasons a doctor’s visit is necessary when a child is experiencing headaches include a headache becoming worse or more frequent, changes in the child’s vision, experiencing a fever, experiencing neck pain and a change in personality.
Pediatric Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain in kids, aka a tummy ache, in children, is a common childhood complaint. The more common reasons why a child would experience abdominal pain include having the stomach flu, having a food allergy and eating too much at one time. Treatment options include rest, avoiding certain foods and not eating too much at one time.
A doctor’s visit is necessary when a child is experiencing abdominal pain for more than five days as it could be due to a bacterial infection. In this case, antibiotics are necessary to treat this type of infection. Eating like spoiled food, incorrectly ingesting pills or experiencing extreme abdominal pain will require an immediate trip to the doctor’s office for treatment.
My Child Has a Fever
When a child has a fever, it is because the body is fighting off some type of infection. A fever is a good sign that the child is on the way to healing. If the child’s temperature does not go above 102.5 F and the fever is gone within five days, then there is not too much to worry about. These symptoms are a normal response to the infection. Recommended treatment options include rest, plenty of fluids and warm baths.
A doctor’s visit is necessary when the temperature of a child’s fever reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit since childhood fevers should not reach this high of a temperature. If the fever lasts more than five days and/or the child is simply not acting like their usual self, then a doctor’s visit is also necessary.
Adolescent care is especially important when a teenager is not feeling well. Since many teenagers tend to keep to themselves, it can be difficult to fully understand the extent of their symptoms when they are sick. Whenever a teen is not feeling well it is the parent’s responsibility to determine whether or not a doctor’s visit is necessary.
A doctor’s visit is necessary for teenagers who are experiencing an illness that does not seem to go away in a timely manner and/or if the teenager is exhibiting any signs of depression, i.e. anxiety, sleeping too much, or avoiding life. For more information, call us today at 832-246-7260 and schedule an appointment.
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