Emergency paediatric consultations
High fever, ear infections, stomach pain and acute upper respiratory infections require urgent medical care. Dr Vahed diagnoses and treats conditions in her paediatric patients at short notice.
When your child contracts a bacterial or viral infection, he or she develops a high fever. A fever is the body’s defence mechanism against a potential threat. The symptoms of an infection may be severe as your child becomes weak, experiences a headache and has trouble breathing. You must seek medical attention when your baby develops a high fever, cannot feed properly or has diarrhoea and vomits. Pneumonia, respiratory infections and gastroenteritis are conditions that need to be treated urgently.
Additional reasons for emergency consultations include:
- Seizures: A seizure occurs due to an electrical problem in your child’s brain. He or she will jerk and twitch. It’s important to remain calm during this time and not interfere with your child until an ambulance arrives. If you're in a dark room, switch on the lights. Learn basic CPR if your child suffers from seizures.
- Skin infections: Insect bites can penetrate your child’s skin and are likely to become infected. Other skin conditions like eczema that can be uncontrolled can become infected with open wounds. When a wound becomes swollen, red and painful, then it means it’s infected. Dr Vahed will provide skincare instructions to prevent infection.
- Burns: Burns may be a result of electrical, thermal or chemical components and are categorised in terms of its severity. First degree burns are not as severe and only affect the top layer of skin. Second-degree burns affect the first and second layers of skin. Third-degree burns affect the nerves and subcutaneous tissue. Third-degree burns require urgent medical care.
- Dehydration: Dehydrated babies are fussy, sleep excessively and urinate infrequently. When your baby has diarrhoea, he or she is losing water and can lead to dehydration if your child doesn't drink enough and keep up with how much fluids they're losing. Diarrhoea and vomiting exacerbate symptoms of dehydration. Dr Vahed assists with monitoring for signs of dehydration as well as guidance on how to keep up with oral intake.
- Abdominal pain: A majority of kids complain about stomach pain, and this is enough to warrant a visit to the paediatrician. Bowel issues such as colic and irritable bowel syndrome contribute to belly pain in children as well as constipation.
- Allergies: An allergic reaction results in symptoms of hives, wheezing, belly pain and inflammation. A severe allergic reaction to food or other irritants induces vomiting.