4 signs of an unwell child & when to seek medical advice

Every parent wants the best for their child, but between school, family time, playtime, and everything else, it can be difficult to monitor our children’s day to day health and signs of health problems. It is not always easy to know what to do if your child is sick or facing difficulties. When should you skip school? Or when should you take them to the best doctor for an assessment? 

Here are 4 signs every parent or guardian should be on the lookout for in their child. 

  1. Poor Sleep Quality

Good quality sleep is critical for developing minds and bodies. The standard recommendation for a healthy child is 8 to 10 hours of sleep every day. Getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as nutrition and physical activity and so sleep deprivation can lead to a lot of health issues in children. Signs of poor quality of sleep include:

  • Use of phones or tablets leading up to bedtime.
  • Engaging in risky behavior
  • Changes in performance at school

Mood swings, irritability & difficulty concentrating

  1. Behavioural Warning Signs

It can be impossible to protect your child from all everyday problems life throws at you. It can be a struggle to figure out what exactly is going on in your child’s mind or how their experiences are shaping their behaviours. Does your child have friends at school? Or is your child struggling with learning or behavioural problems that haven’t yet been recognized by her teachers? Some common indicators can help you identify is your child is having behavioural problems are:

  • Changes in mood or behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Change of performance in school
  • Change of appetite and sleeplessness
  1. Nutrition Warning Signs

Warning signs your child may not be getting a balanced, healthy diet include:

  • Reliance on fast food and highly processed foods.
  • Irregular meal times (or lack of regular meals altogether).
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue or excessive sleepiness 
  • Stunted/slow growth
  • Little to no physical activity
  1. Bodily warning signs

Physical manifestations of an unwell body are the most prominent signs of problems with health in children. Some of the most common signs of illness in children are: 

Allergic reactions

Cold symptoms


Bruises and Cuts 



Flu symptoms

Insect bites


Pink eye



Skin Rashes



And any other abnormal sign

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How an online Paediatrician can help your child:

  • Child Health Assessment
  • Treating Management of Chronic Illness
  • Child’s Nutrition and Physical Wellness
  • Behavioural Assessment

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