Trying to figure out if your young child just has a harmless sniffle or is actually seriously unwell can be challenging for even the most experienced parent. It can be unnerving – and downright scary – when you don’t know what’s going on for your little person. And of course any concern is exacerbated when your bub is too young to tell you how they’re feeling.
Fortunately, there are signs you can look for that will help you know if your child is unwell.
They have a temperature
If your child’s temperature is going up it’s an indication that they may have an infection like a viral or bacterial bug. Getting an accurate reading of their body temperature is important, and you’ll want to monitor this regularly for any changes. As the definition of a fever differs between ages, using a reliable thermometer like the Braun Thermoscan 7 Ear Thermometer will allow you to read your child’s temperature quickly and easily. The Thermoscan uses AgeSmart technology that can be programmed for your child’s age, and has a colour-coded display so can know for sure if they have a temperature: a green screen suggests no fever, a yellow screen suggests moderate fever, and red signals high fever. The Thermoscan also has a handy memory recall function so that you can track if your child’s temperature is rising by simply placing the tip at your child’s ear.
Baby’s behaviour changes
You know your baby best. Most babies have unsettled behaviour through the day. But if there’s a change in their usual patterns, like being more unsettled than usual, continuously crying, they don’t want to be put down, or they becomes less responsive than usual, it may be a sign they’re unwell.
If your child starts having shallow breaths, is breathing more quickly, is grunting or has laboured breathing, these may be signs of an infection or asthma. If you’re concerned about your child’s breathing, it may be worth taking a video to show your doctor.
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Skin differences or rashes
The appearance of a purple or red rash, or if baby’s skin is looking blue or a paler than usual, could be indication they’re unwell. Babies can be prone to rashes and some are no cause for concern. But if the rash is accompanied by a fever, it could be a sign of a serious illness, so if their temperature has gone up, it’s time to see the doctor.
Changes in feeding and nappies
Illness in your young child may cause them to be dehydrated. You can monitor this by checking your child’s fluid intake and their wet nappies. If they have less than half the number of usual wet nappies or they have vomiting or diarrhoea this could be a sign they have a virus.
If your baby has a fever, it’s always worth having them checked out by your doctor.
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