Becoming a new parent can open you up to a world of new medical conditions and diagnoses. From pulling teeth that hang by a thread to cleaning up excrements from an upset stomach, you eventually reach a point where few things actually faze you. But sometimes it can be difficult to determine which symptoms are okay to just “watch” and which warrant a call to your child’s doctor’s office. What is a high fever exactly? Which tummy ache symptoms could mean it may be more than just a stomach bug that your little one is battling? Your child suddenly breaks out in a rash. What do you do?
Before continuing on, know that we believe that parents should always err on the side of caution when it comes to their children’s symptoms that they are worried about. Reach out to your pediatrician if you are concerned as none of this information is intended to replace medical advice.
High or Long Lasting Fever
If your baby is younger than 3 months and has a fever higher than 100.4F or higher than 101F in an infant ages 3 to 6 months, or if your child is 6 months to 2 years of age and has a fever of 103F or higher, call your pediatrician. Most of the time, pediatricians say that your child’s symptoms are more important than the reading on the thermometer but there are exceptions – such as if your infant is under 3 months old and his fever rises above 100.4F. In that case, he needs to be seen right away by a medical professional.
Additionally, if your child has been given a fever reducer like ibuprofen or acetaminophen and the number on the thermometer does not move within four to six hours, consider calling your pediatrician.
Rash Shaped Like a Circle
If your child has a circle shaped rash that has a pale spot in the center, it could signify Lyme disease, an illness that can cause serious conditions. It may also show up in the form of tiny red dots that don’t disappear when you press on the affected area of the skin.
Headache and Vomiting
Headache accompanied by vomiting or one that wakes your little one up in the middle of the night could be side effects of a migraine. Although migraines in children are not often dangerous, they can be very painful and may require treatment. It is also possible that middle of the night headaches may be caused by something more serious so it is important to see a doctor to rule things out.
Sudden Stomach Pain
Kids get stomach aches but if your child’s stomach pain is in the lower right side or if it is sudden, crampy and seems to come and go, it could be a sign of appendicitis. Check with your child’s doctor if he exhibits these symptoms.
If your child has not been urinating often or he has dry lips and mouth, he may be dehydrated. Other signs include a sunken fontanelle (soft spot on his head), dry skin or skin that stays pinched after you squeeze it. If you think your child is dehydrated, it is important to reach out to your doctor right away.
- Olivia, mom & a pediatric nurse
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