Parenting Tips: When to go to the Doctor

Small children get sick often. While most of these ailments are colds and minor illnesses that resolve themselves in a few days, others can be more severe. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers cannot fully express their discomfort or how they feel, so it is up to parents to be able to tell the difference between a few sniffles and a more serious issue.

Whenever your child isn’t feeling well, be sure to be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • Breathing difficulty – Frequent coughing, fast breathing and difficulty talking or crying are signs that your child may be dealing with a respiratory issue.
  • High fever – Persistent high fevers that will not go away with medication can cause damage to many parts of the body.
  • Excessive tiredness – Children will sleep more than normal when they are sick, but you should be worried if your toddler is hard to wake. If they’re also confused or are having trouble walking around, you should be concerned.
  • Severe pain – If your child continues to cry after being cuddled and given a pain reliever, you may need to figure out another way to deal with their discomfort.
  • Vomiting – When a child is unable to keep down anything that they’ve eaten, this can lead to dehydration.

If your little one is suffering from any of the above problems, you should get in contact with your child’s pediatrician immediately. In the case that you cannot get in touch with the doctor, go to an emergency room.


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