Parents: When to Call Your Doctor

Parents: When to Call Your Doctor

The signs and symptoms of infection that are listed here should be brought to your doctor’s attention. Of course, whenever your child has a symptom that concerns you, you should not hesitate to call your doctor, whether or not the symptom appears on this list. 
Although some symptoms of illness differ depending on a child’s age, some are the same for all children.

For any child, infant to adolescent, call your doctor if you observe any of the following:

Parents: When to Call Your Doctor
  • High fever (the level of fever that is considered significant depends on the age of the child, the illness, and whether the child has other symptoms with the fever)

  • Chills that make the child shake all over

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Extreme sleepiness or unexplained lethargy

  • Unusual excitement or hysterical crying

  • Sudden weakness or paralysis of any part of the body

  • Seizures (convulsions) or uncontrollable shaking of an arm or leg

  • Severe headache

  • Pain, heaviness, or stuffiness around the nose, eyes, or forehead

  • Nasal fluid that is discolored, bad-smelling, or bloody
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Earache

  • Fluid discharge from the ear

  • Sudden decrease in vision

  • Eyes that are red, swollen, and watery, with or without blurred vision

  • Eyes that are extremely sensitive to light, especially if your child also has a fever, headache, or stiff neck

  • A yellow color in the whites of the eyes or in the skin, especially with pain in the abdomen and/or dark or tea-colored urine

  • Stiffness or pain in the neck, especially with fever or headache

  • Severe sore throat, especially with trouble swallowing or speaking
  • Uncontrolled drooling because of painful swallowing

  • Difficulty breathing, especially with pale or bluish color of the lips or nails

  • Unusually rapid breathing

  • Severe or persistent cough, especially if it brings up bloody or discolored mucus

  • Vomiting for 12 hours or more

  • Vomiting of blood

  • Intense or unusual abdominal pain

  • Swollen or abnormally large abdomen

  • Diarrhea that is streaked with blood or mucus
  • Pain in the middle of the back, especially with fever or with discomfort while urinating

  • Painful or unusually frequent urination

  • Urine that is discolored, bloody, cloudy, or has an unusual smell

  • Discharge from the penis

  • Vaginal discharge that is thick and white, brown or discolored, or smells bad

  • Pain, redness, or swelling of a joint that can’t be explained by exercise or injury

  • A cut or scrape that oozes pus or becomes hot, red, tender, or swollen

  • A sudden rash, or sudden crop of blotches or blisters, especially over a large area of the body

Special Signs and Symptoms – Birth to 1 Month Old

  • Fever (rectal temperature of 100.4°F should prompt a call to the doctor)

  • Baby suddenly becomes “floppy”—loses muscle tone all over
  • One or both eyes are pink, bloodshot, have a sticky white discharge, or eyelashes that stick together
  • Diarrhea in newborns—more than six to eight watery stools per day (breast-fed newborns often have more loose stools than formula-fed babies; check with your doctor for guidance)
  • Redness or tenderness around the navel area
  • White patches in the mouth
  • Nose blocked by mucus so baby can’t breathe while feeding
  • Forceful vomiting
  • Vomiting that lasts for 12 hours or more
  • Vomiting with fever and/or diarrhea
  • Baby stops feeding normally
  • Crying for an abnormally long time



Special Signs and Symptoms – 1 Month to 1 Year

  • Fever (rectal temperature 100.4°F in infants younger than 3 months, 101°F in infants ages 3 to 6 months, and 104°F in a child 6 months or older should prompt a call to the doctor)

  • Baby refuses to eat and misses several feedings
  • Baby is unusually cranky and irritable or unusually sleepy

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