Kids pick up all sorts of sniffles, coughs, and stomach bugs. Minor ailments usually go away on their own within a few days. But when your child is feeling really miserable, you may need to call for medical backup.
You can treat your child at home if she:
Vomits once or twice during an illness
Has a few loose stools (diarrhea)
Has a cold
Has a minor cut or nosebleed
It's time to call your doctor if your child:
Vomits several times
Has more than six to eight loose stools in a day
Has blood in the vomit or stools
Has a temperature of 103 degrees F or higher
Seems to be dehydrated (dry mouth, no tears, not urinating)
Has symptoms that are not getting better or are getting worse
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