Guide to Children’s Health Symptoms

Part of the Children’s Health For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Use this handy list as a quick guide to what certain symptoms may mean for your children's health. This list is not exhaustive, however, and other problems could be the cause, so seek medical advice for confirmation and treatment.

  • Abdominal pain. Check for appendicitis; constipation; anxiety; diarrhoea.

  • Blisters, on palms of hands and soles of feet. Check for hand, foot, and mouth disease.

  • Blisters on skin. Check for chickenpox.

  • Coughing, croaking. Check for croup.

  • Coughing, gasping. Check for whooping cough.

  • Coughing, wheezy. Check for asthma.

  • Dislike of bright light. Check for meningitis.

  • Ear, yellow discharge. Check for ear infection; burst eardrum; glue ear.

  • Earache. Check for ear infection.

  • Fever. Check for infectious diseases.

  • Headache. Check for fever; cold or flu symptoms; dehydration; eye strain; meningitis.

  • Itching skin. Check for eczema, allergic reaction; chickenpox.

  • Mouth, spots or blisters inside. Check for measles; hand, foot, and mouth disease.

  • Neck or jaw, lump in. Check for swollen glands; mumps.

  • Listlessness. Check for meningitis.

  • Yellow skin, in newborn baby. Check for jaundice.

  • Rash. Check for food allergy; eczema; heat rash; milia, in babies; measles; roseola; German measles; scarlet fever; slapped cheek disease.

  • Runny nose. Check for infectious disease; allergy.

  • Skin, patches of red, rough, itchy. Check for eczema.

  • Swollen glands. Check for infectious diseases.

  • Throat, sore. Check for tonsillitis.

  • Vomiting. Check for gastroenteritis.

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