If you are a parent and often see your kids getting sick; whether it is a little fever or a minor cough or a recurring tummy ache, there is no way you are willing to take a chance. You always keep your pediatrician on the speed dial. This is a smart move and even smarter is to know what all other problems your little one could face growing up:
You should call your pediatrician if your baby is less than 2 or 3 months old. Even if the temperature is as low as 100.4 degrees it is always better to give your doctor a call. Be prepared to answer the following:
- What’s the child’s temperature?
- When did you take it last?
- How long has he been suffering from fever?
- Are there any other symptoms?
Vomiting or Diarrhea
If either of these persists, dehydration sets is soon and this further becomes a concern. Call your pediatrician if symptoms last for more than a few hours or become more severe.
Cough, Cold and Respiratory Problems
Younger children or babies less than 3 months old would require your pediatrician to have a look, since a common cold can swiftly turn into something serious — like pneumonia, bronchiolitis, or croup. Call your pediatrician if your child:
- Has trouble breathing
- Has had a stuffy nose for more than 10 days
- Has had a cough for more than a week
- Suffers from ear pain
Most rashes in children are harmless and should clear up on their own or with a minor treatment. Be sure to get in touch with your pediatrician if:
- Your kid feels lethargic
- He feels pain at the site of the rash
- He has a deep rash
- He has a purple bruise-like rash
Other Childhood Illnesses That may Require Instant Medical Attention
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)
An infection of the airway, this is the most common viral respiratory problem that may cause hospitalization in young babies. It has cold-like symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, and cough, irritability and breathing problems.
This is another viral illness common in kids aged 5 to 15 with symptoms such as low fever, cold symptoms (like runny nose) and swollen joints, and a bright red rash usually on the face that spreads down the body.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
This is a contagious viral illness but usually isn’t serious. Children under the age of 5 are most likely to catch it. Symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Poor appetite
- Painful sores in the back of the throat
- Skin rash
Croup targets the windpipe and voice box of the child and has symptoms like barky cough and stridor, runny nose, fever, and other cold-like symptoms.
This is a bacterial infection caused by group A strep with symptoms such as sore throat, and scarlet-colored rash around the neck and face.
This skin infection is very common in young children, caused when strep bacteria gets in a cut, scratch, or bite. It can affect the mouth, nose, and hands with symptoms like tiny blisters that burst and fluid from the sores creates a crust.
This disease inflames the blood vessels throughout the body and has symptoms like fever that lasts 5 or more days, red eyes, red lips or tongue, redness on hands and feet, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.
- Lack of energy
- Irritability or aggression
- Irrational behavior
- Cold-like symptoms
- The cough gets worse with time and a “whooping” sound is heard as the child gasps for air
Many of these diseases are very easy to catch but your baby should start getting better when he is in the loving and caring hands of the professional pediatricians of WYOENT. The skilled medical experts of this undertaking are fortunate to serve this lovely community of Gillette and its babies. If there is anyone that you can completely trust for the complete care of your child’s health, it is WYOENT.
Doctors can be scary, especially when you’re a child. Here at WYO ENT we take great pride in catering to the smallest of our clientele with friendly smiles and an upbeat atmosphere. It is our mission to serve your most precious assets as tentatively as we would our own. We offer a wide variety of ear, nose and throat pediatric based care; including medical and surgical management of ear infections, tonsil problems and nose conditions. WYO ENT also provides treatments for allergies, sinus infections and help assessing sleep concerns.