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Keep Your Kids Healthy: Six Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Many parents tend to take the wait-and-see approach when it comes to medical issues with their child. While bruises, cuts, and the flu are a natural part of growing up, every parent should keep an eye out for these six symptoms that should never be ignored and often require immediate attention.

1. Fever with a Headache

While they can be terrifying for parents, minor fevers are relatively common in children. Fevers only need to be treated immediately when they are accompanied be a headache, last longer than 6 hours, or do not go down with over-the-counter medication.

2. A Bad Headache or Chronic Headaches

Headaches are one of the most difficult symptoms for parents to gauge as children often cannot express how severe the headache is or the type of pain they have. In most instances, parents should seek out assistance if the headaches come frequently, last longer than an hour, if the child is immobilized from the headache, or if the pain takes place after bumping their head.

3. Excessive Bruising

Every child is going to have their fair share of bumps and bruises, but parents should attempt to keep track of how much their kid bruises and for what reasons. If the child bruises for odd reasons or bruises do not go away after a day or two, they may have either a vitamin deficiency or a blood condition that must be tested and treated.

4. Moles Changing Appearance

Moles that a child is born with are especially prone to becoming malignant and every parent should take a good look at their child’s moles at least a few times a year. If new moles appear or moles change in size or color they should be tested immediately.

5. Covering or Closing One Eye

Children that tilt their head or close one eye when reading or watching TV may have vision issues and a vision screening appointment should be made. Vision issues that are caught early on can help a child to avoid problems such as falling behind in their classes and chronic headaches, say the experts at Crowfoot Vision Centre.

6. Swollen Tongue, Lips, or Eyes

Any swelling that is taking place for an unknown reason is cause for concern. Swelling around the tongue, lips, or eyes is often an indicator that a child is experiencing an allergic reaction and in need of immediate medical attention.

Parents have enough to worry about when it comes to the safety and health of their kid, and this is why everyone caring for a child should be able to tell the difference between serious symptoms and ones that may go away on their own.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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