Symptoms You Should Not Ignore in Kids & Newborns- Part 1

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There are some very common and obvious symptoms that no parent ignores but then there are also some seemingly milder symptoms that are life threating  that parents may take lightly. We have created a list of symptoms, some of them may be difficult to recognise, however, parents should be aware of them. They are as under:

Sick Infant: If your infant is less than one-month-old, fear of infection spreading and becoming worse quickly are high. So if you notice anything abnormal in your little one, inform your doctor. If your child has fever constantly, sleeps a lot, does not feed properly, these may look like normal behaviour but it is not. Only when the doctor declares after examining the child that there’s nothing to worry, you should take it easy.

Dehydration: This is a common as well as commonly ignored symptom. Low body fluids can turn into a serious condition if not arrested on time. This is followed by a bout of vomiting and/or diarrhea. If your child has not passed urine for more than 7-8 hours, wake up! Other symptoms you can notice are that there are no tears while he cries, mouth looks dry, soft part of the skull looks shrunk and your child looks, weak, tired and shows signs of dizziness. Don’t wait for any more signals, please, please visit doctor who may prescribe immediate fluid replacement via mouth or vein as he thinks appropriate.

Non-Alert Child: If your child is healthy (no fever, cough, cold etc) he should respond to noises, voice, surroundings etc and be playful. But if your perfectly healthy child remains still, stares into space, doesn’t do much activity, you should be alert to such signs of extreme lethargy and you should not simply assume that your child is comparatively quiet…

Confused Child: When kids have high fever they sometimes don’t recognise parents and other familiar faces, but if you notice this kind of behaviour in a normal child you should seek professional advice. If you notice phases or situations under which your child doesn’t recognise you or says vague, out of context, or irrelevant things, or shows signs of extreme absent-mindedness, take notice.

Pain: If your child is complaining of severe pain and is finding it difficult to sleep, eat, stand up,  or carry on with his day to day work, you should trust your child and do something about it and not take his complaint to be an excuse to miss a class or something similar. Sometimes kids cry too much, or constantly groan, moan or whimper which can’t be controlled or consoled. This is due to the extreme pain they are experiencing. Don’t take it lightly and take your kid to a good doctor.

Chronic Condition: Any type of chronic health problem weakens kids’ immune system. So if your child suffers from any kind of chronic disorder you should address it immediately by getting to the root of the problem.

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