"Mom, my stomach hurts!". When children are able to speak, they are also able to communicate where they pinch and pinch. Whereby children often complain of stomachache, but actually suffer from headaches. Children up to the age of six can hardly detect pain. They project everything into the stomach. They usually indicate pain in the umbilical region - even if, for example, because of an angina of the neck would have to hurt.
How can parents recognize serious illness?
Infants and toddlers can not yet communicate precisely. Especially with them, it is often difficult for parents to respond properly to signs of illness and to be able to assess whether "there is not more." In general, it can be assumed that a child who plays fever, for example, is not seriously ill. Even a loud screaming child is probably not threateningly ill.
It becomes dangerous only when the child is lethargic, does not keep eye contact or whimpers softly. Other serious signs can be: The child plays or laughs less than usual. It is difficult to calm down. It clings to the parents in an exaggerated way. At times when it is wide awake, it seems very tired.
Increased temperature - fever - high fever
The grip on the clinical thermometer is usually the first step in the search for possible diseases. In children up to the age of four, body temperature should not be measured in the mouth but in the anus. But: Fever itself is not a disease, but a sign of disease (symptom). It indicates that the body is dealing with a disease. The normal body temperature of a child is between 36.5 degrees Celsius (° C) and 37.5 ° C. Up to 38.5 ° C is called elevated temperature.
If the thermometer temperature rises even higher, the child has a fever. From 39.5 ° C one speaks of a high fever. A child hatching a febrile illness may become quieter than usual at first. Maybe the appetite is worse or the need for sleep greater.