7. Breathing Troubles
If your child is not breathing, call 911. If your child has shortness of breath, is panting without exercising, or is wheezing, call your doctor. Excessive coughing may indicate asthma, a serious illness, or something that is lodged in the esophagus or trachea.
Look for blue around mouth, fingernails, and lips. Check that the skin tone is not grey or pale. Watch nostrils to see if they are flaring. Check the ribcage to see if the skin sucks in as the child breathes.
Dehydration is caused by not drinking enough. It is serious! Your body must have water to operate properly.
You may get dehydrated because of vomiting, diarrhea, not drinking enough, and hard exercise without rehydrating.
Your child may be lethargic or irritable, have a headache, not be able to urinate or very dark urine, no tears when crying, and dry skin and lips.
Get your kid to drink anything while you call the doctor. Make a game of drinking – I sip, you sip.