The ABCD of Childhood Illness

The cold and flu season is now upon us. So, one question, that might be on parents mind is “When should my child be seen at the hospital?” One useful pnemonic which could indicate that your child’s condition could be cause for concern is “ABCD”. That is:- Alert - If the child looks drowsy, then this could be an indication of a more serious illness. Breathing – Signs of shortness of breath, including rapid breathing rate, “tracheal tug” where the concave front part of the neck moves in and out, and if the ribs are also moving in and out rapidly. Colour – If the child looks blue or pale, then this could be cause for concern. Dehydration – If the child has had poor oral fluid intake in the past

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