It is easier for parents to think that they know what is best for their kids. Especially if they have had many children, most people assume that there are easy ways of identifying illnesses and that some symptoms indicate the same problem each time. There can be a great deal of nuance among the reasons for some symptoms. This is why if your kid has any of the following signs of injury or illness, it is wise to err on the side of caution and take them to a pediatrician.
Fever That Does not Break
Especially at a young age, kids get fevers quite often. This can be a simple sign of fighting off minor illnesses. The truth is that if a parent took their child to a pediatrician each time they had a fever, the doctor’s office would constantly be full. However, the mark of when a fever is more serious comes when it will not break from taking a pain reliever or persists for more than a day. In this case, it is wise to seek medical attention.
It may be tricky to identify the reasons for some symptoms, especially when a kid is not old enough to articulate what is going on. Some abdominal pains can be explained easily by non-harmful causes like growing pains or gas, but long-lasting or intense abdominal pain can be the result of an inflamed appendix. If the pain is more intense or persistent than normal, it is best to take your kid to a pediatrician to confirm whether or not it is harmless.
New parents tend to learn that rashes come with the territory. The skin of a young person is more susceptible to irritation and playing outdoor may lead to some harmless irritation and redness. The time to have a pediatrician look at the rash is when the rash looks unidentifiable and strange. This can include when it is oddly colored, causes a lot of pain to the kid or affects the skin texture.
It can also be hard to know that kids of a young age are having difficulty swallowing, more so if a sore throat does not accompany it. If the child looks distressed or uncomfortable when swallowing, it can indicate various causes which require relatively immediate attention. They could have something lodged in their throats or having an intense allergic reaction to something they ate.
There is usually some value to a parent trusting their gut. If a child demonstrates strange behavior, shows intense discomfort or oddly react to routine illness, it is better to take your child to a pediatrician. The best thing to do is to let the experts confirm or deny your child’s health and safety when exhibiting any of these conditions.