Recognizing Urgent Symptoms – When You Should Take Your Child to the Doctor
Being a parent is a full-time job. There will be times when you will come across innumerable scuffs, sicknesses, and various boo-boo’s, particularly if you have more than one child. It may seem like not a day goes by without some incident occurring.
Each passing day is filled with small crises, and if not one of your children has bumped or scraped anything, then you feel like you have just been awarded with the Super Mom or Super Dad award. However, with all those incidences, it can be tough to determine which one is serious enough to call for a trip to the doctor. Have no fear Super Mom/Dad, we’ll share with you some of the most ordinary symptoms that means it’s time to head to your pediatrician for a child checkup!
Fever That Doesn’t Lower With Acetaminophen
At some point in time, it is necessary that your child will fall low with a fever or flu – it’s the circle of life. There’s really no need to worry, just give them the right dosages of Acetaminophen to get them to feel better slowly and gradually. However, there is a point when you should start becoming concerned. This is when you’ve given them the appropriate dosage of acetaminophen (medicine used when your child has a fever) and the fever doesn’t start to lower or even still, continues to rise. If their fever remains over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, then it’s time to make your trip to the pediatrician as soon as possible.
Extreme case of Vomiting Multiple Times Each Hour
Stomach viruses are unavoidable and your child may get one sooner or later. They, again, are completely normal and may be the cause of eating unhealthy or eating junk food too often. The point when these get quite alarming is actually when the vomiting continues, even after it seems that your child may have nothing left in their stomach or hasn’t eaten in a while yet keeps throwing up, and they don’t start to feel better even after a couple of hours of doing so. It means that something is wrong, such as a slight case of food poisoning, and it’s best to call your pediatrician or take your child to them right away.
Bleeding After a Bandage Is Applied
Children are born to play around and getting boo-boo’s whilst doing so is something that is not in our hands. Cuts and scrapes are therefore unavoidable. They can be treated very easily at home, by a small kiss from mommy and a bandage on top. The point where you should actually enquire what is going on from your pediatrician is when a cut seems to be deeper than the usual scrape, or if the bleeding continues to be stable or increases over a period of time, or if the cut is deep and is somewhat close to a chief artery, then you need to bring your child in to the doctor’s office right away. This is so that the wound can be closed completely with stitches. Wounds that are not closed properly can cause infections, and it’s better to prevent infection now than to treat it later on.
Set up an appointment today, to get your child back to feeling better!