Pain can be hard for a child to describe. An older child may be able to describe how the pain feels or tell you whether the pain comes and goes. A toddler may complain of pain or tell you that he or she is not feeling well.
But the signs of pain in an infant can sometimes be hard to recognize. A persistent cry in a newborn may be the first sign of a serious illness. A child with a serious illness or problem, such as an ear infection, usually cries longer than normal.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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