When Should a Child See a Doctor?

Children will get sick all throughout the year; from the common cold to more severe ailments. Therefore, parents have to be prepared in the event that their children have to go to the doctor to find out what is ailing them. Usually, the common cold has to run its course until your child feels better. In most cases, over-the-counter drugs will do the trick, but for high fevers and severe congestion, you may want to consider taking your child to the emergency room, if it is after hours or to your family doctor, who will prescribe medication.

There are other aspects of having your child see a doctor or a counselor when it comes to their mental state as well. If your child has failing grades or there is a noticeable change in your child’s behavior in school, you can make arrangements to meet with a school counselor to see what is causing this to happen.

However, if your child is showing extreme anger, wants to hurt himself, puts up a challenge to your authority inside the home or wants to run away, you may have to think about taking that child to see a psychologist outside of the school setting.

If your child is displaying suicidal tendencies, overdosing on chemical substances, eating disorder or any signs of emotional trauma, then it is time to take your child to see a medical doctor. Your doctor will make a determination of whether your child should go into a rehabilitation center and see a psychiatrist to assist the child in finding out the reason for such destructive behavior patterns.

For a sick child who is at a young age of maybe three months old, you may want to take that child to see the doctor if you find that the child has a high fever of over 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 °C). For a child so young, such a fever is considered to be life threatening. In other older children, watch for a fever that is 104 degrees (40 °C) and higher and immediately take that child to the doctor. If you have tried other medication for at least three days and there are no changes to your child’s condition, it is time for your child to see a doctor.

If your child is vomiting and show signs of being dehydrated, you may give your child electrolyte fluids for hydration, but if your child is vomiting and have diarrhea at the same time, you will have to take your child to see the doctor.

Other instances that you should consider taking your child to see a doctor are:

  • When your child gets a head injury
  • The sight of bloody bowel movement or urine
  • If your child has fallen and complaining of any sort of injury or pain
  • If your child gets a cut and it won’t stop bleeding
  • If your child has been bitten by an animal or received any type of burn

These are only some of the important and few reasons to take your child to see the doctor.


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