Posts for tag: sick child

By Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates
March 13, 2017
Tags: sick child  
It isn’t easy to spot the symptoms of meningitis, as many people confuse the early signs and symptoms with the flu. Meningitis signs and symptoms may develop over 
several hours or over one or two days. By visiting your pediatrician, you will be able to get a proper diagnosis for your child. 
 
According to your pediatrician, some of the signs and symptoms that may occur in anyone older than the age of two include:
  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache that isn’t easily confused with other types of headaches
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting or nausea with headache
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Seizures
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking up
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Lack of interest in drinking and eating
  • Skin rash in some cases
Seek medical care from your pediatrician immediately if your child has signs or symptoms of meningitis, such as fever, severe headache, confusion, vomiting and stiff neck. Viral meningitis may improve without treatment, but bacterial meningitis is serious, can come on very quickly and requires prompt antibiotic treatment to improve the chance of a recovery. 
 
If you delay treatment for bacterial meningitis, the risk of permanent brain damage or death increases. Educate yourself about meningitis and talk to your child’s pediatrician for more information and a proper diagnosis. 
By Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates
November 19, 2014
Tags: Having a cold   sick child  

Does My Child Have a Cold?Sick Child

Colds may be common, but that does not mean caring for your child’s cold is easy.  To help your little one feel better, Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates, your pediatrician in Fort Washington, is available to offer tips on what you need to know about your child’s cold.  The common children’s cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that usually lasts a week or two.  

The typical preschool-age child may experience 6-10 colds per year.  Most colds resolve on their own with rest and fluids, but some may lead to ear infections, sinus infections, asthma attacks, or other complications.  

Caused by viruses, colds can be spread through a sneeze or cough.  The virus may also be spread indirectly, through touching the hand of a healthy person, or even by using door handles with your hand you may have just sneezed or coughed into.  Once the virus is present and multiplying, your child will develop the familiar symptoms and signs:
 

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Mild fever, particularly in the evening
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • On-and-off irritability
  • Slightly swollen glands

Many parents become confused about the proper way to treat a coughing, sneezing child, because colds and allergies often have overlapping symptoms.  When in doubt, talk to your Fort Washington pediatrician who will know exactly what is causing your child’s symptoms, especially if they are persistent or worsen with time.  

If your child has a typical cold without complications, the symptoms should disappear on their own after seven to ten days.  Your Fort Washington pediatrician may want to see your child if symptoms do not improve and is not completely recovered within one week from the start of their illness.  

Contact Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates, your pediatrician in Fort Washington, for further treatment, and to better understand your child’s cold symptoms.