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6 Things You Should Discuss With Your Child’s Doctor

By Upliftingfam @upliftingfam

On the Way Home From DoctorMy son was still running a fever all day yesterday so I decided to schedule him an appointment to go see the doctor.  We got to the doctor’s office and my son was talking up a storm and seemed happy.  He wasn’t acting sick at all and I was worried that the doctor wouldn’t find anything wrong with him.  After all he is almost 2 and it is possible that his 2 year old molars will be coming in soon.  While waiting for the doctor, we read several books together.  The doctor finally comes into the room and checks him over.  Nothing stands out and she ordered some tests to determine if he had a mild case of the flu or strep throat.

The doctor then leaves the room and sends the nurse in to do the dirty work.  I hold my son in my lap using the football hold, his head was in my lap and his feet were tucked under my arm nicely.  I held him down so that the nurse could easily swab his throat.  He didn’t care for the tickle on the throat and just when he thought it was over with the nurse comes at his nose with a swab.  After a few snuggles, he quickly gets over his throat and nose encounters with the nurse.  The nurse comes back into the room a few minutes later and let me know that he had strep throat.  This was good news because I knew that it was easily treatable and he would be back to his normal self in a few days.

Disclosure: This blog post is for informational purposes only.  If you feel that your child needs to be seen by a doctor any reason not listed in this post, please contact your child’s doctor or health care provider for an appointment.

6 Things You Should Discuss With Your Child’s Doctor

As a parent it is hard to determine if your child is sick or not because they can’t tell you exactly what hurts.  So it is always a guessing game every time your child gets a fever.  I hate making unnecessary trips to the doctor but with a baby they can get very ill quickly.  I always call my child’s doctor and schedule an appointment to discuss the following items when my child doesn’t feel well or has any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent fever for several days.  
  • Respiratory issues such as labored breathing, fast breathing, wheezing, coughing fits, deep cough
  • Possible ear infections often hard to tell in young babies or children since they can’t tell you what hurts. Symptoms can include: tugging at the ears, fever, sleeplessness, inconsolable crying, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Diarrhea or Vomiting that lasts longer than 24 hours.  Watch your baby for signs of dehydration, bloody stools, yellow or green vomit, or high fever.
  • Constipation can cause your baby significant pain and abdominal swelling.
  • Rashes that won’t go away with usual treatment, open and painful sores, or your child is acting sick.

I never like it when my baby is sick and like to make them feel as comfortable as possible while they aren’t feeling good.  My baby is feeling a bit better today with rest, medicine, and some TLC.

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Parents are there any other reason’s that you feel that you should discuss with your child’s doctor?

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