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Sickness symptoms you should never ignore in kids

Being a parent is an interesting phase in life. You watch them grow from the day they were born and it’s unfortunate that it’s not easy to know when they are ill. It’s every parents’duty to identify that but it may not be easy because they are very playful.

Here are some of the symptoms you should never ignore in your child;

Chronic vomiting and diarrhea

This indicates your child may be ailing from a bacterial infection, virus, urinary tract infection or foodborne infection. This can lead to dehydration which makes the child develop a weak immune system. To avoid dehydration in your child, get an oral rehydration drink but seek medical attention first.

High fever

This is very common among infants. If your child’s fever is more than 37 degrees, he/she is unwell. If the child seems irritable, fussy, cries frequent, feeling too hot, breathing fast, develops seizures, that is fever. When the child complains about body aches, has a poor appetite, sleeping difficulty and feels uncomfortable, seek medical attention.

According to Emedicine Health, these are the causes of fever in a child; allergies, medications reactions, illness related to heat exposure, viral infections, like influenza just to mention a few.

Breathing problems

Once you notice your child is wheezing or experiencing difficulty in breathing, this is an emergency.

This could be signs of respiratory infections. They are divided into two; Upper respiratory tract infections which are infections of the nose, sinuses, and throat. Lower respiratory tract infections which are infections that affect your child’s main airways and lungs.

Headaches

They are also common in children and can develop different types which include; migraine, chronic daily headaches, and tension headaches. Migraine headaches in children may last less than four hours. They cause vomiting, abdominal pain, extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Tension headache can cause tightness in the muscles of the head or neck, pain that’s not worsened by physical activity and mild to moderate, non-pulsating pain on both sides of the head.

Seek medical attention once your child experiences headaches.

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