Often when a child get sick, the illness will simply run its course with no further worries or problems. Due to this, many parents are unsure what symptoms may warrant a consultation from a pediatrician. Some symptoms to watch for are:
Dehydration. It is important to contact a doctor if your child becomes dehydrated. Some signs of dehydration are dry or cracked lips, drowsiness or irritability, low energy levels, cold or dry skin, a decrease in urine or urine that is dark colored, and a lack of tears when crying.
High fever. If your child is a newborn, any elevated temperature warrants a call to a physician. For infants three to six months old, call your pediatrician if their fever reaches 101 °F. For older babies and children, call if their temperature is 103 °F or higher.
Breathing difficulty. Call a physician immediately if your child seems to have any issues breathing. Be watchful of wheezing, fast or labored breathing, or long pauses between breaths.
Not eating. Sickness can often cause children’s appetites to be smaller than usual. However, if your child is eating or drinking less than half of what they would normally eat for two days or longer, you may need to call your pediatrician.
Preexisting conditions. If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, diabetes, a suppressed immune system, or any other chronic medical condition, be sure to call a pediatrician if they catch any virus or are exposed to an illness that may compromise their health.
If your child exhibits any of the above symptoms, or if you are concerned about the overall health of your child, call Careteam+ where Dr. Eugenia Cooper-Merchant, an experienced pediatrician, will provide specialized health and wellness care. Careteam+ works closely with parents as a partner in the healthcare of their children.
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