When should I be concerned about my sick child?

If your child is fretful, listless, cranky, lethargic, hot, pale or flushed, it is a good idea to take them to the doctor. The most common symptoms of childhood illness are fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, pain, rash, cough and headache.

When should I worry about child illness?

Call 000 if your child has symptoms like severe drowsiness, difficulty breathing, pale or blue skin, seizures or a rash that doesn’t fade. Go to emergency if your newborn has a fever, or your baby or child is feeding poorly, vomiting a lot and/or weeing less than usual.

How do you know if your child is serious?

Signs of serious illness in a baby or toddler

  1. a high temperature, but cold feet and hands.
  2. a high temperature that does not come down with paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  3. a very high or low temperature.
  4. your child feels hot or cold to touch, or is shivering.
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When should I take my child to the doctor for a cold?

Cold symptoms tend to come on gradually, and may include a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, reduced sense of taste and smell, a scratchy throat and cough. Call the doctor if: The child develops an earache. The child develops a fever over 102 degrees F.

How long must a child be without symptoms before returning to care?

Again, these rules vary by state, but generally day care centers want children to be symptom-free of the following for 24 hours: Vomiting. Diarrhea. Rash.

Is it normal for a sick child to sleep all day?

“Sick toddlers and children will often sleep more than they usually would since rest helps the body heal, but you should be able to wake your child up if you try, and she should answer your questions or, if she’s too young to do so, at least focus on you,” says Dr. Goldstein.

What are common childhood illnesses?

What are the most common schoolyard illnesses?

  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Measles , Mumps , Rubella. …
  • Rotavirus. …
  • Tetanus. …
  • Influenza. …
  • Hepatitis B. …
  • Meningococcal ACWY.


What are the changes in behavior of a sick child?

A sick child may: be fretful or listless, or irritable when disturbed. cry readily and not be easily comforted. lose interest in playing or is unusually quiet and inactive.

When should you take your child to hospital?

Go to urgent care or call your child’s doctor for:

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea that you’re concerned about.
  • Coughs, colds, and sore throats.
  • Bladder or urinary tract infections.
  • Minor cuts, bumps, scrapes, or burns.
  • Earaches or ear infections.
  • Sinus pain.
  • Skin problems.
  • Joint sprains or muscle strains.
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What are the symptoms of RSV?

If you or your child has RSV, the symptoms are:

  • a runny nose.
  • coughing or sneezing.
  • fever.
  • wheezing and difficulty breathing.
  • loss of appetite or difficulty feeding due to breathlessness.


How long does a cold last in a child?

Colds usually last about 1 week but can continue for as long as 2 weeks. They usually go away on their own. Keep your child as comfortable as possible. Offer plenty of fluids and small, nutritious meals.

How long does a viral infection last in a child?

Children’s colds

Most colds get better in 5 to 7 days but can take up to 2 weeks in small children. Here are some suggestions for how to ease the symptoms in your child: Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids.

How do I know if my child has the flu or a cold?

Cold vs flu symptoms

With a common cold, the symptoms usually come on gradually with progressively worse cough, runny nose, congestion and/or sneezing. Your child can also have a fever. The symptoms may last 3-10 days. With flu, the symptoms tend to come on rapidly and your child will look and feel more sick.

How long should a child stay off school after being sick?

Vomiting and diarrhoea

Children with diarrhoea or vomiting should stay away from school for 2 days after their symptoms have gone.

How long should I keep my child home after vomiting?

Once the fever has been under control for 24 hours without medicine, your child is fine to return to school. Keep your child at home if he/she has vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours. A one-off vomit could be the result of something else like overeating or too much excited physical activity.

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Why does my child keep getting sick?

The main reason your child is getting all those infections is that he or she is being exposed to new viruses all the time. The viruses are everywhere no matter how much you sanitize and clean. There are at least 200 different cold viruses and they’re getting tricky, mutating all the time.

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