5 Symptoms You Should not Ignore in Your Child
When to go to the doctor?
As a parent, it is sometimes difficult to assess whether your child needs a doctor or not. Every child sometimes complains of stomach aches, fatigue, or headaches. Are you overprotective or is a visit to the doctor really necessary? You should definitely not ignore the following symptoms.
1. High fever
All children have a high fever from time to time. Fever is a normal response of the body to infection with viruses or bacteria. In itself, the height of the fever says little about the seriousness of an illness. In children, in the event of an infection, the temperature quickly rises to 40 or even 41 degrees. Drinking is especially important when you have a fever. Give extra to drink, possibly ice cream. Is your child younger than 3 years old and does he have a high fever? Call the doctor immediately. Even if your child is moaning or inconsolable, you should immediately contact the doctor. Also, contact your doctor if your child gets sick quickly, starts vomiting, has diarrhea, or drinks much less than usual.
2. Fever Fit
A child with a fever, aged six months to five years, may suddenly experience violent jerks and twitches in both arms and legs. This is called a febrile seizure. A febrile seizure can last from a few to fifteen minutes and will go away on its own. It is scary for parents to experience a fever, but it can't hurt. Try to stay calm, lay your child on his side or on his stomach with his head down. Make sure there is no in the mouth or throat so that your child can breathe freely. Make sure that your child cannot fall and immediately call your doctor. This one will come right away.
3. Abdominal Pain
Many children occasionally complain of abdominal pain. This does not always have to be serious. Abdominal complaints can have both psychological and physical causes. For example, it can be caused by a harmless but annoying ailment such as constipation. If your child only has abdominal pain, you do not have to go to the doctor immediately. Fiber-rich food and drinking water can already offer a solution. Do the complaints last longer? Is the abdomen hard? Does your child get more pain and even fever? Then contact your doctor immediately.
In general, under the age of 6, young children do not complain of headaches. Headaches are usually less severe in children than in adults. The pain also lasts less time. It is not until puberty that headaches in children are comparable to those in adults. Does your child suddenly have a severe headache and feel very sick? Then call the GP or GP post urgently. Also do this if the headache is accompanied by a fever, a sore or stiff neck, drowsiness, or vomiting. Also, contact your doctor if your child develops a headache after a blow or fall on the head.
5. Hard fall on the head
If a child falls from the trampoline or stairs and is momentarily unconscious, they probably have a concussion. Your child may become dizzy, nauseous, and vomit. Is there blood coming out of his or her nose? Then this may indicate a skull base fracture. In this case, call 112 immediately. In this case, never pick up your child. Is it less severe, but is swelling visible? Cool this with a cold washcloth or under the tap. Never leave your child alone. The pain and cold can cause your baby to faint. Always contact your GP or a GP post. You may receive a wake-up call.