If only children came with gauges or even an owner’s manual! Deciphering symptoms is an important part of being a parent and in keeping your child safe without rushing to the doctor at the drop of a hat.
You know your child. If there is something wrong, don’t be afraid to push your doctor or even find a new one if you can’t get answers.
But also, be aware that every baby eventually produces an orange diaper and antibiotics won’t cure a virus (and your kid will have a lot of viruses!).
Here are eight symptoms that every parent should look for from babies to teens (and even in adults).
If your child is not responsive or is unconscious, get help immediately. Call 911.
Children should wake up and then be alert. If your child is not able to wake up or is then unusually quiet or inactive or is not interested in a favorite toy, call your doctor.
Changes in responsiveness especially after a fall or hitting the head should result in an immediate doctor’s visit (more on that later) or ER visit if after hours.