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When to call a doctor - 12-11-2009, 09:24 AM

Call Emergency services if child has severe difficulty breathing, faints, or has seizures.
Important to know signs related to followings:

A child who is having severe difficulty breathing:

  • Breathes very fast or grunts with each breath.
  • Appears anxious or exhausted during feeding or is unable to nurse or take a bottle.
  • Uses the neck, chest, and abdominal muscles to breathe, causing a "sucking in" between or under the ribs (retractions).
  • May flare the nostrils when breathing in.
  • May need to sit up and lean forward or tilt the nose up as if sniffing the air.
  • May fight any attempt to change his or her position.
  • Has pale, gray, or bluish skin (especially the tongue, lips, earlobes, and nail beds), or the skin is mottled (patchy pale and blue pattern).
Seizures are sudden bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the brain that may affect a person's muscle control, movement, speech, vision, or awareness (consciousness). The effects of seizures depend on a person's individual response, as well as the seizure type, frequency, and severity.
Some seizures make a person fall to the ground in convulsions, in which the muscles stiffen or jerk out of control. Others may stare in a trancelike state, have only a few muscle twitches, or sense a strange smell or visual disturbance not experienced by anyone else.
Sometimes a seizure is a symptom of another medical problem, such as a high fever (especially in children), a stroke, infection, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), very low blood pressure, or a brain tumor.
Call your health professional immediately if child with a congenital heart defect has:
  • Symptoms of heart failure or cyanosis-the bluish tint that affects skin, lips, and nails because of lack of oxygen-that become significantly worse within a short time period. Symptoms of heart failure can be:
    • Shortness of breath while at rest, with mild exertion, or while lying down or shortness of breath that wakes a person from sleep.
    • Leg swelling
    • Fatigue
    • Dizziness or fainting (rare)
  • Symptoms of fever that will not go away.
  • Talk to your doctor if your child with a congenital heart defect has:
    • Moderate difficulty breathing.
    • Fewer wet diapers and has swelling (puffy eyes, hands, and feet).
    • A poor appetite and is not eating well or has a rapid heartbeat or rapid breathing while eating.
    • Less energy or seems to be sleeping more than usual.
    • Sudden weight gain or is not gaining weight.
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