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When to Call your Paediatrician

When to Call your Paediatrician

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Children often fall sick; however, every time it may not be serious and does not require visiting your paediatrician. However, it is good to know about the warning signs of severe illness that may need a timely call to your paediatrician.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Reasons to Call your Paediatrician

Emergency Care

Emergency situation can arise any time, especially with a child, so you have to be prepared to handle the situation. Call your paediatrician immediately if your child has any of the following signs:

Save emergency numbers in your mobile phone whenever you are going out with your child. You can call 102 to get ambulance service anywhere in India.

  • Bleeding which is not stopping with direct pressure over the wound
  • Presumed poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Problem in breathing
  • Neck stiffness or rash along with fever
  • Injured head with unconsciousness, confusion, vomiting, or poor skin colour

Maintain a small notebook with paediatrician’s number, ambulance, hospital and pharmacy number for emergency purpose. Keep it easy to access, such as on fridge or on centre table and also keep details of hospitals near to your residence for emergency.

Urgent Care

Urgency is a situation, which if not attended on time can lead towards an emergency. Call your paediatrician or take your child to hospital if you observe any of the following signs and symptoms in your child:

  • Vomiting and diarrhoea that continue for more than 24 hours
  • Rash along with fever
  • Any type of cold or cough that is not recovering for several days or cold that is getting worse and followed by a fever
  • Cuts that might require stitches
  • Unable to move an arm or leg
  • Ear pain along with fever
  • Drainage from an ear
  • Long-lasting pain in any body parts
  • Blood in the urine
  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Unable to drink for more than 12 hours

Routine Care

Routine checkups are really very important for your child as these helps to know about your child’s growth and development and his or her general health condition. Hence, call up in advance to schedule a routine checkup with your toddler’s doctor. During these regular visits, your toddler can also receive recommended vaccinations.

In case any doubts regarding your child’s health, do not hesitate to call your paediatrician.

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