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Child sickness danger signals
Get help quickly from a doctor if your baby or young child shows any of the signs listed below. Learn CPR to be prepared for emergencies.
· Cannot be woken or is responding less than usual to what is going on around.
· Has glazed eyes and is not focussing on anything
· Seems more floppy, drowsy or less alert than usual.
· Has a convulsion or fit
· Has an unusual cry for one hour or more
· Has been badly injured
· There is a bulge in the groin which gets bigger with crying
· Feels too cold or hot (temperature is 38.30C or higher)
Circulation and skin colour
· Body is much paler than usual or suddenly goes very white.
· Nails are blue or big toe is completely white, or colour does not return to the toe within three seconds of a squeeze
· Has a rash of large red or blue spots or bruising
· Goes blue around the mouth
· Goes blue around the mouth or stops breathing
· Breathes more quickly than usual or grunts when breathing out
· Wheezes when breathing out
· There is visible indrawing of the chest with each breath.
Vomiting and Diarrhoea
· Has vomited at least half the feed after each feed of the last three feeds
· Has green vomit
· Has vomiting and diarrhoea together
· Has drunk lass fluid than usual
· Has passed less urine than usual (fewer wet nappies). Has more than a tiny spot of blood in the nappy.
Emergency numbers: Police/Fire/Ambulance 111
National Poisons Centre 0800 764766
Free 24 hour a day telephone health advice service
Healthline is available 24 hours and is free to callers throughout New Zealand, including from a mobile phone.
Acknowledgements: From the Well Child Tamariki Ora Health Book