Some Inconspicuous Signs that Require your Child to Seek Advice from a Doctor
Children fall ill at the most unexpected of times and parents may find it tough to cope with it. It definitely helps if parents take the trouble of understanding the various signs and symptoms that children exhibit from time to time and their course of treatments. However, it is not always that a symptom presents itself with a particular illness that can be diagnosed immediately. In such cases parents must look out for distress signs and seek the advice of a doctor without opting for home treatments.
1 Growth of Moles
It is not uncommon for a child to have moles on his body. As the age changes, new moles appear during childhood and adolescence. These moles may grow larger as the child grows, their colour may fade or darken while a few moles might disappear. Sometimes when this change seems uncommon, it is best to consult a doctor.
2 A few unusual changes to look out for
- If you find a mole on your child’s skin that is changing rapidly or looks different from the other moles on the skin, take the child to a dermatologist.
- If you spot a mole on your child’s skin that is dome shaped, has different colours or a jagged border, rush him to the dermatologist.
- Should you find a mole on your child’s skin that bleeds or looks like an open pore, you must take him for a check up.
- If your child has too many moles as in 50 plus, you must show him to a dermatologist.
- If you spot a large mole on your child’s skin, take him to the dermatologist as melanoma is treatable when caught in the early stages.
Every child should make it a habit to check moles from an early age as melanoma can be treated if caught early.
3 Hair Loss in children
Hair loss in children can be frightening but with proper diagnosis it can be cured to a large extent.
Medical reasons of hair loss in children:
- Ring worm of the scalp (Tinea Capitis)– This is a fungal infection that shows up as scaly patches of hair loss on the head.
- Alopecia areata: This is a non contagious type of hair loss where the body’s immune system is said to attack the hair follicles.
- Trichotillomania: This is caused by the child plucking, pulling or tugging at his hair.
- Telogen effluvium: This type of hair loss happens due to sudden stress like the death of a loved one, extremely high fever, injury, surgery under general anesthesia etc.
- Nutritional deficiency: Though not very common, certain nutritional deficiencies can cause hair problems. Among these are Zinc, biotin, Vitamin H or one of the B vitamins.
- Endocrine problems: In some children hypothyroidism causes hair problems.
- Other causes of Hair fall: Newborn babies lose their hair which grows back later. When the baby’s head rests on a pillow or mattress for long periods of time, rubbing against it also causes hair loss. At a later age combing hair vigorously, pulling it, making tight braids can cause hair fall.
If you suspect any of the above, please take your child to a doctor for a checkup.
4 Mood and Temperament problems
If your child exhibits mood swings or a change in behaviour, you may need to get it attended.
Depression in children can be caused by many factors. It could be due to the environment at home, school, death of a loved one, peer trouble, anxiety issues and more. We bring you some signs and symptoms of childhood depression.
- Changes in appetite
- Feeling sad/crying often
- Irritability and anger
- Unable to concentrate
- Sleeping problems
- Not meeting people
- Not doing well in school
- Avoiding going out of house
- Physical complaints such as stomach aches and headaches
If you witness any of these symptoms, you should seek the help of a doctor.
5 Increase In head Size
The fontanelle is the soft spot on the back of your baby’s head that closes with time. If you find it growing in size or any other abnormality, you must get your baby to the doctor immediately.
So now that you are aware of the above mentioned unusual growth changes in children, you are better equipped to get it attended in time.