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It appears that the terms children and diseases seem to go hand in hand with fever, cold, nausea, stomach pain... This is all normal and part of the process of growing up. This overview explains many different diseases in children, their causes and what can be done to make the children feel somewhat better in a disease.

How can I find out if my child is in pain?

By following general signs you can see if your child has pain:
• General displeasure
• Crying, moans
• Refusing food
• Deflecting touches
• Isolation
• Unusual pale skin
• Even if children express pain differently, do not underestimate it, because pain might be an indication of a disease and - as unpleasant for children as for adults.

Why do children have pain?

Pain is a way for our body to tell us something is wrong. For example, if your child sprains an ankle, the pain tells him he is hurt and you have to take care of it.

How to understand that my baby is sick?

As a parent of a newborn, you sometimes do not really know why your child is crying. Maybe he or she is hungry? Maybe the baby does not feel well? Or your child is sick? Below are some signs of illness that you can look out for. You know your child best! If you feel that the child is not doing well, or you are worried about their health, consult your doctor.

Your child may be sick if he/she:
• Cries a lot
• Is irritable or in a bad mood
• Refuses food
• Vomits
• Is dizzy or apathetic
• Has frequent diarrhea
• Has red cheeks and feels hot
• Is pale and has cold skin
• Has a temperature above 38°C
• Cannot breathe properly through the nose
• Is breathing loud and has a rasping cough
• Is untypically quiet

Contact your doctor or rescue service immediately if the following symptoms are true for your child:
• Turns blue and becomes very pale
• Has difficulties with breathing
• Has fever
• Is dizzy and can only be awakened with effort
• Has cramps or becomes unusually limp
• Does not seem to recognize you
• Has glassy eyes and cannot focus properly

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