During motherhood you run into all kinds of injuries and illnesses of your child. One day you have to wipe their nose and the next day you have to pull out a milk tooth that almost falls out. Nothing scares you anymore! But sometimes it’s hard to find out if you really have something serious going on with your child. For example, what temperature is a high fever? When does your child suffer from more than just a stomach flu? And what if something really scary happens, and your child suddenly gets a rash all over the place, should you see a doctor or go straight to the emergency room? We give you a list of 12 symptoms that you should never ignore!
1. High fever
People often talk about high fever. But what exactly is ‘high fever’? When do you have to worry?
Fever is considered ‘high fever’ when it is 38 degrees Celsius or higher in a baby younger than 3 months, 38.3 degrees Celsius in babies between 3 and 6 months or higher than 39.4 degrees Celsius in a child between 6 months and 2 years old.
Pay close attention to your child in case of high fever. Usually it will go away on its own, but sometimes a visit to the paediatrician is necessary. If your child under 3 months old has a high fever, a visit to the paediatrician is important anyway.
2. Prolonged fever
Fever is prolonged if it does not diminish with treatment or if it persists for more than 5 days.
If you have given your child a fever reducer as paracetamol or ibuprofen and the fever does not subside within 6 hours, you should call the paediatrician.
Even if the fever is not gone after 5 days without fever reducing medication, it is important that you call the paediatrician. There may be something more serious going on.
3. Fever accompanied by headache
Fever accompanied by a stiff neck, headache or rash resembling bruising or small red spots is a symptom of meningitis. If you notice this in your child you must take immediate action! It is better to go to the emergency room.
4. Circular rash
A ring-shaped rash with a pale spot in the middle and a circle of small, red dots may indicate lyme disease. In this case you should consult a doctor immediately!
A blotchy rash may indicate an allergic reaction. If your child has difficulty breathing or is cranky and listless, you should see a doctor right away.
5. A strange birthmark
A birthmark that is new or changes shape or colour. Check your child regularly while bathing. If you find a birthmark that is strangely shaped, has a jagged edge, does not have a colour or is swollen, it is advisable to contact a doctor. This can be a sign of skin cancer.
6. Sudden abdominal pain
Sudden deliberate abdominal pain that gives a lot of cramps with gusts, or severe abdominal pain at the right bottom, are reasons to take immediate action.
Abdominal pain with sudden bouts of cramps, which are gone one moment and gone the next, can indicate intestinal intussusception. A serious condition where the intestines slide over each other.
Severe abdominal pain on the lower right side may indicate appendicitis. This inflammation progresses quickly, so go straight to the emergency room!
7. Headache and vomiting
Headaches that appear early at night or early in the morning, or that are accompanied by vomiting, may be symptoms of migraine. It is not dangerous, but it is very painful. That is why it is advisable to see a paediatrician before treatment.
8. Less urination
A dry mouth and lips, less peeing, dry skin that stays upright when you squeeze it, severe vomiting or diarrhea. These are all symptoms of dehydration. If you notice this in your child you should take action. Dehydration can lead to shock. When your child approaches this stage, you should go to the emergency room with him immediately.
9. Blue lips
If your child’s lips are blue or discoloured, it is important that you take action. These are signs that your child is not getting enough oxygen.
10. A swollen face
A swollen tongue, lips or eyes combined with vomiting and itching are signs that your child is suffering from a severe allergic reaction. Respiratory problems and severe skin rashes can also play a role. In this case it is important to go to the emergency room immediately.
11. Vomiting after a fall
If your child is confused after a fall, is unconscious, must vomit or has serious damage to his body, it is important to see a doctor.
12. Excessive bleeding
An incision that is very deep or does not stop bleeding after a few minutes of pressure are signs that your child needs to see a doctor. The wound may need to be stitched or glued.
Better be safe than sorry
If you are concerned, that you child is dealing with one of the above-mentioned diseases, contact an expert to know for sure. You don’t want to take any risks, when it comes to your child’s health.