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How to Know if Your Child Needs to Go to the Doctor

Watch more Children's Health & Safety videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to know if your child needs to go to the doctor with these guidelines. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning If a child has severe or bloody vomiting, intense abdominal pain, or a stiff neck along with a fever and headache, or if you're at all in doubt as to the seriousness of a symptom, seek immediate medical attention. Step 1: Know if a fever is serious Call your doctor immediately if an infant younger than three months has a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or a baby older than three months has fever above 101 that doesn't respond to medicine. Also check out a fever that lasts more than one day in a child under 2, or more than three days in an older child. Warning Never give children aspirin without your doctor's approval. Step 2: Evaluate head pain See the pediatrician if your child has an earache and a fever, or an earache so painful it is making them cry. Check out headaches that are frequent, last more than a few hours, don't respond to pain relievers, or are present when the child awakens. Tip Earaches can be the result of new teeth coming in. Step 3: Assess a stomachache See a doctor if your child has frequent tummy aches that last more than 24 hours; if the stomachache is accompanied by diarrhea, a fever, painful bowel movements, bloody stools, or difficulty swallowing or urinating; or if your child is losing weight. Tip Severe pain on the lower right side of the abdomen could be appendicitis. Step 4: Size up urinary problems Have your child checked out if they complain of pain while urinating; the urine has a bad odor or is laced with blood; or a long-time toilet-trained tot is suddenly wetting themselves again. Step 5: Appraise a rash Make a doctor's appointment if a rash is extremely itchy, located near the eyes, looks like a bull's eye, is accompanied by a fever or sore throat, or has lasted more than three days. Step 6: Analyze colds and sore throats Take your child to the doctor if a cold lasts more than a week, or is accompanied by fever and coughing that lasts more than three days. See a doctor if a sore throat comes with a high fever and a headache, or a rash, or if it's independent of a cold or flu. Tip Signs of pneumonia include a fever, shivering, weakness, raspy breathing, a wet cough, chest or abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. Step 7: Evaluate vomiting Call the doctor if a child's vomiting is accompanied by a fever, or if they're under two years old and have been vomiting more than 24 hours -- 48 hours if they're over two. Warning An infant who is projectile vomiting should be taken to the ER immediately. Step 8: Peruse their poo Take your child for a checkup if their diarrhea is chronic, grey and unusually bad-smelling, or causing severe dehydration. Did You Know? Ear infections are the no. 1 reason parents take young children to the doctor.
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