As a new parent, trying to determine whether your child
is sick (or sick enough) and whether you should contact the pediatrician can be
tricky. Always follow the physicians advise and when in doubt seek help. Reasons to call the pediatrician or other health-care
resources may include:
Your child looks and acts sick.
Your child has a fever of 103 degrees or higher.
(Follow your pediatrician’s recommendation. A lower fever and lethargic child
could also warrant a call to the pediatrician. When in doubt, make the call.)
Your child has a rapidly rising temperature.
Your child will not eat or drink.
Your child has dry skin, a dry sticky mouth, no
tears, or infrequent wetting. These may be signs of dehydration.
Your child vomits after falling or other injury.
You are worried about your child’s illness.
Your child is very sleepy, restless, fussy, or
shows other changes in behavior.
Your child has had several episodes of diarrhea
Your child experiences severe diarrhea while on
There is blood or mucus in the diarrhea.
Your child has difficulty breathing
Your child has a cold that is worsening or
accompanied by a fever
When in Doubt, Make
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