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Baby illness, early Signs and Symptoms

Baby illness, early Signs and Symptoms.

Did you know your child could be more ill than you think?

Take them for medical checkup once you notice any of these symptoms

1. Fever: In children under five, a fever is considered to be a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above.
Conditions that can cause fevers include Respiratory tract infections, Flu, Ear infections, Rosella – a virus that causes a fever and a rash, Kidney or urinary tract infections (UTIs), Common childhood illnesses, such as chickenpox and whooping cough. A fever could be an indication for a more severe illness.

2. Vomiting or diarrhea: Diarrhea can be caused by an infection and may be accompanied by vomiting. This is called gastroenteritis (a stomach bug), and it’s usually caused by a virus. Stomach bugs are more common in formula-fed than breastfed babies.

3. Pain: If your child has a sore knee or a mild headache but is otherwise acting okay, it’s fine to give some medicine and send them off. But if the pain is anything more than mild, don’t ignore it. Pain is always something you want to keep an eye on.

4. Cough: Don’t assume, though, that your child’s cough is simply a cold as it might be something more serious. Coughing in children may be caused by Asthma, a chronic condition in which the airways in the lungs become inflamed and narrowed, and they produce excess mucus. Seek medical attention.

5. Always Seek Medical attention: if you observe any of the above in your child or other symptoms, you can give any first aid medications available at home (e.g. Paracetamol) but be sure to seek medical attention immediately. Do not try to manage your child by yourself at home. Pay attention to warning signs!

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