When to Call the Doctor: 8 Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

6. Belly Pain: Many things cause abdominal pain including constipation, acid indigestion and the stomach flu. Any time that belly pain is persistent and accompanied by a complete lack of appetite or is accompanied by thick green vomit or bloody stool, a medical professional should be seen. If a child is refusing to walk because of the pain or is doubled over in pain, call the physician immediately.

7. Bloody stool: Anytime that blood is seen in the stool, a physician should be consulted. If possible, bring a stool sample in to the office for testing. Be sure to tell your doctor if your child has consumed any red foods, such as Jello, since this can often mimic blood in the stool. The cause of the bleeding may be a small tear in the rectum or hemorrhoids, both of which result from constipation. Although the bleeding may be benign, many serious diseases need to be ruled out.

8. Limping: Since children are very active and often try new things, limping is very common. If a limp occurs after a mild injury and is not accompanied by significant swelling and bruising it is all right to treat it at home with cold compresses and ibuprofen. If the injury does not improve after 48 hours consult your physician. Any time that a limp is accompanied by a red, swollen joint, a fever or a refusal to walk, an office visit should be made as soon as possible.

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