When you’ve got a sick child
on your hands, it can be a tough call on whether or not you can handle it on your own. You want to be sure that you’re doing all the right things, at all the right times. So how do you know when to call a doctor
? While this is not a comprehensive list of symptoms, we would advise you to follow the National Health Service’s (NHS) recommendation to contact your general practitioner if you notice any of the below.
recommends that you should call your general practitioner if:
- Your child appears very sick.
- You are unable to lower your child's fever, or your child develops other serious symptoms.
- Your child has trouble breathing.
- Your child has ear or sore-throat pain.
- Your child has a seizure (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably).
- Your child is difficult to awaken.
1. NHS, Does your child have a serious illness? Available at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/spotting-signs-serious-illness.aspx. Accessed – May 2016.
2. Common cold – Children. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cold-common/Pages/Commoncoldinchildren.aspx. Accessed – April 2016