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?

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