Kids are always running around parks and playgrounds, Cuddling dogs and cats. Children often forget to wash their hands before lunch or a snack. Sometimes, children fall sick because of simple, yet seemingly silly reasons. No matter how much we try to sanitize their hands and get them to wash up before handling food, they will find a way to stick their dirty fingers in their mouth. If one child in their playgroup falls sick, others are bound to fall ill as well. It especially happens during the flu season.
One of the most telltale signs of sickness among children is excessive sleep. Toddlers and preschoolers need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep. School goers need about 10 hours of sleep. When children are sick with a cough, cold, the flu or even stomach infections, they tend to sleep more. If your child is nodding off during mealtime or dozing off during classes, it might be a sign of something more serious. You should call your doctor immediately to find out the exact cause of the extreme sleepiness.
Inflammation of joints
Swelling in joints, seemingly bruised joints and tenderness in the limbs among kids can be common if they are active. Children fall down and hurt themselves often. Sometimes, they even forget to mention their falls and accidents, but not all bruises and swellings come from falling. If you spot visible swelling in the hinge joints of your child, you should immediately call the doctor. It is not as typical as you would like to believe. In fact, if fever and rashes accompany such swellings, you should rush your child to the emergency room.
Pain and fever
Sometimes, even small cuts and almost invisible bruises can lead to excessive swelling of joints. When it is accompanied by high temperature, difficulty in breathing and localized pain, it can be a symptom of sepsis and similar severe infections. Sometimes, unexplained spikes in temperature and unusual swellings in the lymph nodes may require special antibody tests like ELISA assay to determine the pathogens in the system.
Kids need high amounts of fluids since they are very active. A lot of activity often causes them to sweat a lot more than adults, and this explains their need for fluids. However, if your kid is frequently waking up at night to drink water and going to the toilet more often, you need to inform their doctor. While this can be a sign of juvenile diabetes, it can also signify the onset of viral diseases.
Muscle pain and stiffness
Stiffness is muscles and joints and pain in the neck are not common among kids. You should not ignore these as signs of fatigue or stress. The high metabolism rates in kids get rid of fatigue and stress much faster. Usually, heating pads and mild anti-inflammatory agents are enough to reduce the swellings. They do not form recalcitrant spasms or inflammations like in the case of adults. If your child is complaining of a sore neck, stiffness around their spinal cord, the rigidity of jaw muscles or pain around the throat-neck region, talk to your child’s specialist immediately.
Sometimes, kids need more than home remedies. In cases such as these, contact your GP or your pediatrician as soon as possible for a thorough checkup, test, and diagnosis.