When the child falls ill, the question always remains: Should I take him to the doctor, or should I wait to see how this situation evolves? Learn about some of the reasons not to waste time and seek emergency medical
When we become parents to concern for the welfare of our children is one of our priorities. When they are affected by some disease our concern increases even more because seeing the suffering of our children there is no way to help them to improve harms the parents even more.
In this there are two schools. The first tells us to wait. This has its side of reason: on the one hand, the body is made to heal itself. On the other hand, diseases often cannot always be detected early: sometimes it is necessary to wait a few days to accurately detect an infectious process.
The second school tells us that, especially in some cases, it is necessary to go to the doctor quickly. Here are some examples.
1. High fever
In the case of a baby up to three months old, a high fever is already considered when the thermometer reaches 38 ° Celsius. Above this age, up to six months of age, a high fever is considered when it passes thirty-eight and a half. For older children, when they reach thirty-nine, you should take it to the pediatrician.
Of course, remember that more than the level shown on the thermometer, it is important to take into account the disposition and hydration of your little one. This is where, as a mother, you should be wise. Remember that fear always leads to overprotection. However, if the fever is still low, but the child is very ill, contact her pediatrician.
2. Fever that won’t go away
If after four hours of using antipyretic drugs, the fever has not gone down, even if it is not very high, do not wait for five days: it is time to seek medical help.
3. Fever associated with headache
Be very careful if your little one complains of neck pain, stiff neck, or headache associated with fever, as these symptoms can often be associated with meningitis, a serious and very devastating illness.
4. Red spots on the skin
It is probably an allergic reaction, but it is also a symptom of a number of delicate diseases, so it has to be examined by the pediatrician.
5. Irregular spots
Ideally, you should take your little one for a monthly checkup. But if in the interval, when bathing your baby, you detect spots with irregular edges, or that seem to be growing, go to the doctor and keep a photographic record of their growth or change.
6. Sudden stomach pain
If your little one complains of pain around the navel or in the right part of the abdomen, take him to the pediatrician, especially if these complaints are associated with other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or even loss of appetite. All of this can be a sign of appendicitis, a delicate disease that progresses very quickly but, if diagnosed early, does not offer major risks.
7. Headache with vomiting
If your little one complains about this, contact the pediatrician. Migraines are rare in children, so these symptoms must be carefully examined.
Pathologization of childhood. Pain drowned in a capsule
8. Decreased urination
This symptom, associated with dry mouth, pale skin, vomiting, and diarrhea, can be a sign of dehydration. If you notice paleness and listlessness call 911 or take your child to the nearest hospital.
9. Blue lips
This signal may be associated with difficulty breathing, so I invite you to pay attention if your little one is out of breath and with a chest that emits a kind of wheezing. A breathing problem can be caused by an allergic reaction, or it can even be an asthma attack. In this case, find the nearest emergency room so that he can receive first aid as quickly as possible.
10. Swelling of the face, tongue, or lips
These are characteristic signs of a strong allergic condition. Contact your doctor to see if any medications are indicated before you get to the doctor and quickly get your child to the emergency room.
11. Vomiting after a fall
Especially when it comes to a baby, this can be a neurological emergency picture. If your little one exhibits this symptom, don’t delay. Take him to the doctor immediately.
12. Excessive bleeding
If there is a cut and the bleeding does not stop even after several minutes of pressure, or if there is uncontrollable bleeding after a blow, take your child to the doctor immediately for sterilization and appropriate treatment.
Again, there are different schools as to when and when not to take your child to hospital, but my suggestion is that if he presents any of these symptoms, you should carefully monitor them. Your pediatrician will tell you if a specialist is needed, or if it does not mean something so serious, but with these symptoms it is better not to play. Even if after the visit to the doctor the situation or the symptoms worsen, you can always consult a second opinion.
_Translated from Portuguese by Óscar Pech, from article 12 perigosos nas crianças that you should never ignore, by Renata Finholdt