During the early stages of your child’s development it is hard to know when you should take your baby to the doctor. As a parent, of course most symptoms of sickness will illicit concern but we’ve put together a list of symptoms that you should be on the lookout for so we can put the classic question “should I call the doctor?” to rest.
Some Symptoms to Watch For:
- A fever higher than 100°F
- Difficulty breathing
- Forceful or repeated vomiting
- Persistent diarrhea
- Blood in his urine or stool
- Frequent, inconsolable or high-pitched crying
- No appetite
- Persistent lethargy
- Extremely sleepy or cranky
- Yellow- or orange-hued skin or eyes
- A rash, blisters or irritated skin
- White patches in his mouth, which may indicate thrush
- Any unusual discharge from his eyes, nails, navel or genitals
- Ear pain, blue lips or a swollen neck can be symptoms of another illness
You can expect your child to get a common cold 6 to 12 times a year. However, make sure that if you see any of the symptoms above you call a doctor.
When to call 911 for an ambulance
If your baby is so ill that you think she needs urgent medical help, don’t hesitate to call 911. You’ll be asked which emergency service you need and will then be put through to an ambulance controller.
He will send an ambulance immediately and will stay on the line. He will also help you to assess your baby’s condition and give her emergency first aid until the ambulance arrives. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone. Taking to your doctor can help give you peace of mind.