Children have a low immune system that make them susceptible to falling ill all the time. More often, their temperatures rise as a sign of ‘fever’, which is normally an initial sign that your toddler is fighting off an infection.
Some of the other things you need to know to lessen your worries are:
- Your child’s temperatures can fluctuate, especially after getting essential vaccines
- Your calmness may help your child’s fast healing
- Understanding your baby could help sense an irregularity early and take precaution before it worsens
- Frequent doctor checks will lessen your stress and worries
What to Look out For to Know Your Child is Ill
A sudden change in behavior, fussiness and irritability in your child could signify that your child is coming down with an illness. Some of the common illnesses include:
- Ear infections
- Chicken pox
- Mouth ulcers or blisters
- Rotavirus infection
Babies don’t talk. So, parents are encouraged to watch out for these changes, which will alert you when you baby needs attention or is unwell:
- Physical threatening signs
- Lower or higher temperature (normal temperature range is 38°C)
- Umbilical Cord Infections
- Rashes on the body or wounds inside the mouth
- Development of seizures
- Chest congestion
- Trouble breathing
- Change in skin color (such as pale, bluish or grey arms and legs)
- Behavioral threatening signs
- Low energy and abnormal drowsiness
- Cloth discomfort
- Uncontrollable crying with no reason
- Feeding and ingestion threatening signs
- Shifting appetite for food or breast milk
- Putting a lot of effort to suckle
- Sluggish and unresponsive
Can Teething Cause Illness?
Teething out can indicate signs and symptoms of an illness. However, you are advised never to take traditional beliefs literary. If you don’t see a tooth emerging then trust your instincts and visit a child clinic.
Where to Get Help
The Government of Kenya, in the year 2010, took great concern on child health services in Kenya. With that, child welfare clinics have been introduced at county levels. Parents are encouraged to take their children, especially infants and those of tender ages for regular medical check-ups by qualified doctors for any type of disease and infection.
#Please note that development differs from one child to another.
#Content intended for educational purposes only, and should not be substituted for medical advice from your doctor.
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Last reviewed January 2019