In this short video, Dr Rupal Shah explains how to tell if your child’s fever and vomiting are a sign of a serious illness requiring medical attention or the result of a common virus with no cause for alarm.
Editor’s Note: Video Highlights
- Fever and vomiting are common symptoms in childhood and there are many possible causes
- The most important thing to consider is how well your child appears to be….
- For example, if they’re quite drowsy and floppy or if they’re not eating, then there’s a higher chance that they could be seriously ill with a nasty infection and you should see your doctor
- If your child appears fairly well and is still eating and drinking, is still playing and interested in their environment, then it’s less likely they are suffering from a serious illness
- Also, if your child isn’t managing to tolerate any fluids you should take them to the doctor, since children get dehydrated quite easily
- Fever and vomiting can be caused by fairly common viral illness, like a rotavirus infection – or tummy bug – and generally the child is relatively well and cheerful despite throwing up at times
- However, there are more serious causes of fever and vomiting – ranging from a bladder infection all the way to meningitis
- If you’re worried that your child is less responsive, more floppy, not themselves – then it’s always worth seeking urgent medical help