Contact your child’s doctor immediately if your baby or child:
- Has breathing difficulties;
- Has gray or blue skin color;
- Has a fever that climbs above 101°F;
- Has thick nasal discharge that is yellow or green;
- Is younger than two or three months and has a fever;
- Shows signs of dehydration, such as a dry mouth, crying without tears, and urinating less often.
Questions to ask your child’s doctor
- Should I give my child medication? If so, for how long and at what times of the day?
- How should I store the medication? Should I refrigerate it?
- When will my child start to feel better?
- Will I need to bring my child back for a follow-up visit?
- Should I keep my child home from school or day care?
- Should my child be limited from certain activities? If so, which ones?
- Are there certain foods or liquids my child should have or avoid?
- Which over-the-counter pain relievers do you recommend?
- Which over-the-counter medications or preparations are NOT recommended?
- Which symptoms should I report to the doctor?