Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Claire | 2011-06-20

Q.

Infection

Dear Doc

With regard to a cough / runny nose (colds and flu) etc. How does a parent know whether a toddler has an infection and requires treatment by a doctor, or whether it is viral?

Does an infection always result in a high temperature? So, is a high tempereature the warning bell? Or can a baby be sufficiently ill to be taken to a doctor without the high temperature?

Thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

A high fever,shortness of breath, a loud wheeze,rapid breathing, innability to sleep and inability to finish a feed are all warning signs that your child will need to be seen by a doctor.

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