If you live in Blaenavon and have children, it suddenly strikes you that you are the adult when you are not sure if they are ill or not. Suddenly, it comes home to us that we are in a position of immense responsibility and it can be frightening. Remember, however, that you know your child better than anyone and there are ways to spot whether your child has a bug.
The presence of a fever nearly always means that your child has an infection. A fever in itself is not dangerous because it is the body’s natural reaction to the presence of foreign organisms. However, you do need to bring down your child’s temperature to avoid overheating which can cause a febrile convulsion.
If your child is irritable or lethargic this could be influenced by a fever and a raised temperature.
If your child is coughing this is a common sign that they have an infection.
If your child is vomiting or has diarrhoea that can be caused by gastroenteritis or food poisoning; however, some children vomit when they have a high temperature or are upset. If it is a tummy bug, those symptoms are a good thing as it is the body riding itself of unwanted organisms but you need to make sure that your child does not become dehydrated. It is as well to speak to a health professional about this so they can advise you on what to give your child. If your child is vomiting and has a fever but does not have diarrhoea, you should speak to a health professional as it could be a urine infection which is making your child ill.
You should always call a doctor if:
- A baby under the age of three months has a fever
- Your child is listless even after you have brought the fever down.
- Your child’s breathing is rapid or laboured.
- Your child’s colour changes from pink or red to mauve or blue.
- Your child has a convulsion.
- Your child loses consciousness.
- Your child has blood in her urine, vomit or stools.
If your child is ill and a trained health professional does not spot it and your child becomes worse, you may be able to claim compensation with the services of an accident solicitor in Blaenavon. Contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about starting a claim.
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We are all more vulnerable when it comes to anything to do with our children but your trained adviser at the Accident Advice Helpline will understand that and you can rest assured when you ask about the services of an accident solicitor in Blaenavon, your call will be treated with courtesy. Furthermore, if an accident solicitor in Blaenavon represents you, it will be on a ‘no-win, no-fee*’ basis so call Accident Advice Helpline now. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 6th October 2014
Author: David Brown