Guidelines for when to take your sick child to the hospital
Most first-time mothers find it very difficult to know when it’s a true emergency if their child gets sick. When is it fine to wait and treat your sick child at home… and when should you go to the hospital?
Here are a few pointers:
Fever is the first thing you have to consider. If your baby (younger than 2 months) has a fewer of more than 38°C, you should take him to the hospital or clinic that same day. For babies older than 2 months, but younger than 6 months, go to the ER or clinic when his fever reaches 39°C.
Rapid breathing is another red flag. If your young baby is breathing very fast – more than 60 times a minute is a fair indication – take him to the hospital or clinic as soon as possible. It could be pneumonia.
You will find that babies with a bad cough also vomit quite often. Immediate action is required if your child is vomiting so much that he starts to bring up bile (green or yellow in colour) or if he throws up blood. You should also go to the hospital if he hasn’t been drinking for a couple of hours or hasn’t urinated for eight hours.
If a baby younger than 3 months hits his head hard enough for the bump to become swollen and visible, he should be seen to that same day.
These are just guidelines. You know your child. Listen to your instincts if you think something is serious.
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