When should you call the pediatrician?

More Symptoms That Need a Doctor's Attention

  • Sudden decrease in vision
  • Eyes that are red, swollen, and watery
  • Eyes that are extremely sensitive to light, especially if your child also has a fever, headache, or stiff neck
  • A yellow color in the whites of the eyes or in the skin, especially with pain in the abdomen or dark or tea-colored urine
  • Stiffness or pain in the neck, especially with fever or headache
  • Severe sore throat, especially with trouble swallowing or speaking
  • Uncontrolled drooling because of painful swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing, especially with pale or bluish color of the lips or nails
  • Unusually rapid breathing
  • Severe or persistent cough, especially if it brings up bloody or discolored mucus
  • Vomiting for 12 hours or more
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Intense or unusual abdominal pain
  • Swollen or abnormally large abdomen
  • Diarrhea that is streaked with blood or mucus
  • Pain in the middle of the back, especially with fever or with discomfort while urinating
  • Painful or unusually frequent urination
  • Urine that is discolored, bloody, cloudy, or has an unusual smell
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Vaginal discharge that is thick and white, brown or discolored, or smells bad
  • Pain, redness, or swelling of a joint that can't be explained by exercise or injury
  • A cut or scrape that oozes pus or becomes hot, red, tender, or swollen A sudden rash, or sudden crop of blotches or blisters, especially over a large area of the body

Source: American Medical Association; Alan Greene, MD

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

Content courtesy of American Baby.

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