how to care for a child : When to take your baby to the Hospital

My husband and I are actually obtaining the last of our essential child necessities list for our baby (my due date is in 3 weeks).  He inspects it and mentions “Why a thermometer?  We do not really need that immediately do we?”

His logic was, the temperature taken through our hands will be just as revealing as taken electronically.
I then had to explain to him that an exact temperature is important when the baby is sick… So, we bought a thermometer. … exactly what do I do next?  How do I know when to take my baby to the Hospital?

Listed below are some danger warning signs that indicate the need for a call to the hospital…

  • A fever of 100.4° F or infants more than Couple of months old.
  • Lack of fluids (crying with no tears, sunken eyes, a depression in the fontanel, no urinating within 6 to 8 hours).
  • Dry dry tongue and/or dry mouth.
  • Cold or clammy skin, body temp less than 98.6°.
  • If the fontanel protrudes when your baby’s quiet and upright.
  • Lethargy.
  • Has a stiff neck.
  • Accelerated or unusual breathing ( 911 should your baby has inhaling and exhaling issues and begins turning blue or purple throughout the lips or mouth).
  • Unusual vomiting, forceful or extreme, or struggling to hold liquids down.
  • Blood in vomit or excrement.
  • Greater than 7 diarrhea stools in Eight hours.

If you notice something alarming and / or unusual do not become reluctant to call your health professional right away, as opposed to running into the E.R.. However, if you end up going directly to the ER you may run the risk of excessive treatments and tests or catching something from someone there.

If symptoms seem moderately ‘normal’ to your physician in the phone call, you can steer clear of the unwanted trouble.

Have the following facts recorded and close by before you decide to speak to your baby’s doctor.

  • Your son’s or daughter’s temperature and the time the fever began.
  • Medicines you have administered him/her, what time it had been taken 1st, last along with between.
  • When along with what he or she last drank and ate.
  • Time of his previous wet diaper.
  • The amount and the duration their nausea or vomiting and/or going through diarrhea.
  • All other appropriate symptoms you detected.

We want to keep your baby safe and healthy, just remember not to panic.  You are not alone and not the first mother to be in your situation.

-Leah Love


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