Being a new parent is stressful enough without worrying about childhood illnesses. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try, there's simply no way to avoid illnesses. In most cases, childhood illnesses will pass through your home in a matter of days. However, there are some situations that will require immediate medical attention. Here are a few signs and symptoms that you shouldn't ignore.
Fever That Lasts
If your little one has had a fever for more than just a couple of days, or their fever elevates quickly, they may have an infection somewhere in their body. If you've been treating your child's fever, but it's still not going away, you should seek medical care from an emergency clinic as soon as possible.
It's important to note that some fevers require immediate medical care regardless of the duration. If your baby's fever falls into either of the following categories, contact your physician immediately.
- Babies under 3 months old – 100.4F
- Babies 3 to 3 years of age – fevers above 102.2F
While dry diapers usually mean that your child is learning to control their bladder, it can also be a sign of dehydration. If your little one hasn't urinated in several hours, you may have a medical emergency on your hands, especially if the following symptoms are also present.
- Dry lips
- Flat fontanelle – soft spot (in infants)
- Dry skin
To test the skin for dehydration, try the pinch test. Place a small amount of your baby's skin between your thumb and index finger. Gently press the skin together and release. If the skin doesn't bounce back quickly – stays pinched together – you should contact your baby's doctor as soon as possible.
Swollen Face or Tongue
If your child is complaining of a swollen tongue or their face appears to be swollen, they may be experiencing a severe allergic reaction to something. Have your child open their mouth. If their tongue, lips or eyes are swollen, you should get them to an emergency clinic as soon as possible. If your child is also vomiting, experiencing severe itching, or is having difficulty breathing, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.
You do everything you can to keep your child healthy. No matter how careful you are, your kids are going to get sick. Don't take chances with your child's health. If your little one is exhibiting any of the symptoms discussed above, you'll need to seek emergency care for them as soon as possible.