Unfortunately, not all health problems are easy to spot in children, and while most parents (especially first-timers) may be paranoid of the slightest of sneezes, it’s, in fact, all too easy to overlook serious symptoms. Parents must, therefore, have a proactive approach to their child’s healthcare. Learn about the three hidden childhood health issues and how to spot them.
1. Mental Health Problems
Many children across the world are living with a mental health problem. As it might be difficult for children to articulate their emotions, many parents might be unaware their son or daughter is suffering from a condition. It is essential to look for signs of a mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety, mood disorder or schizophrenia.
Attempt to learn more about each condition, so you can receive an accurate diagnosis for your child and embark on a treatment option. However, there are some common signs that your child is living with a mental health condition, as they may experience mood swings, behavioral changes, intense feelings, or they may self-harm. If you believe your child is living with a mental health issue, you must book them an appointment with a doctor to receive a diagnosis.
Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes surrounding the spinal cord and brain. Unfortunately, the infection can cause inflammation, which can consequently damage the brain and nerves. There are two forms of meningitis: viral and bacterial. Children who have weak immune systems are more likely to develop viral meningitis, but can often make full recoveries.
Yet bacterial meningitis is a little more difficult to spot and can have more serious consequences. It occurs when bacteria enter the bloodstream and travels towards the spinal cord and brain. For babies and kids under the age of 5, look for the following symptoms:
- Vomiting & poor feeding
- Floppy, drowsy and unresponsive
- a high fever with cold hands or feet
- Pale, blotchy skin
- Seizures and convulsions
- Rapid breathing
- Stiff neck and aversion to bright lights
If you believe your child might have meningitis, seek emergency medical treatment to diagnose the problem and receive immediate treatment. It is also important to be aware of your rights when it comes to meningitis; you could consider making Meningitis Claims following a delayed or misdiagnosis, ensuring you and your family get the right treatment and compensation. Learn more about the symptoms, treatments, and diagnosis options to protect your child’s health.
3. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is not often serious in children, but they are common. There are two forms of infections:
- An upper UTI (kidney or uterus infection)
- A lower UTI (bladder or urethra infection)
Young children might, however, be unable to articulate how they feel to a parent, which is why you should learn to spot the general signs, such as a fever, vomiting, irritability, lethargy, poor feeding, jaundice, and an inability to gain weight. Contact a doctor if you believe your child has a UTI or is unwell.
Have you spotted any of the above health conditions in your children? Do you know another hidden health issue for kids? Share your story and health advice by posting a comment below.