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What does it mean if my child has diarrhea or vomiting?
American Red Cross answeredDiarrhea, or loose stools, often accompanies an infection in children. Vomiting can be frightening for a young child, but it is rarely a serious problem. However, diarrhea and vomiting both can lead to dehydration. This is more likely to occur in young children.
What is a level of consciousness in children?
Level of consciousness is a measure of a child's ability to interact with other people and react to his or her surroundings. A decreased level of consciousness may point to a serious health problem.
Symptoms of a decreased level of consciousness in a young child include:
- Extreme irritability for more than 3 hours. The child cannot be calmed by holding, rocking, or feeding.
- Extreme sleepiness and difficulty waking up.
- Limpness and poor, weak muscle tone. A child older than 3 months of age may not move for an extended period of time or may not show any desire to move.
- Weak or feeble cry.
- Lack of response to touch or voice.
- Inability to suck for two or more feedings in a row.
- Vacant or blank stare. Children older than 3 months of age may not make eye contact or may show other signs of confusion or disorientation.
- Unequal movement, strength, and activity of the arms or legs.
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What is the definition of chronic illness in children?
The general definition is any health problem that lasts more than three months and significantly affects a child and his family.
Children who have chronic medical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions are collectively defined as “children with special health care needs” (“CSHCN” for short, which makes for easier writing but doesn’t do much for talking). This widely adopted term is now used to identify all kids who need extra health care, regardless of their condition. Yes, I know, this definition seems absurdly broad. A child with severe cerebral palsy who needs constant care and a child with moderate asthma who needs to keep an inhaler handy are both considered CSHCN.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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