Childhood illness
Childhood illness, including symptoms and treatments.
More about childhood illness

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What do we check when we are looking for the cause of an infection ?

Primarily we want to understand where an infection comes from, how long you have had it for and how it is affecting you and whether it is getting better or worse.

Is there :

  • earache
  • sinus pain
  • sore throat
  • cough/phlegm
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhoea
  • urinary symptoms – burning an frequency in the abscence of vaginal symptoms
  • meningitis rash as above
  • skin infections
  • drowsiness, confusion, lack of alertness

As a general rule,(depending on general health)

  • Paracetamol is used for temperatures
  • Fluids are important to remain hydrated – electrolade / diarolyte may help if dehydrated
  • Antibiotics if indicated

Assessment of dehydration includes the history ( vomiting, level of fluid intake, whether passing urine or not ) , appearance, skin texture, fontanelles in children, capillary refill <>2s, increased heart rate etc.

Please note that we are always happy to see a baby if  the baby is sick or if you are worried. Clearly if the child is very sick they need to go to hospital.

If less so and it is out of hours by calling the surgery number you get redireted to the out of hours service. Alternatively the QMC has a children’s casualty if you are worried.


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