If your child seems less energetic and talkative than normal, monitor him to make sure infection, dehydration, or allergic reactions aren't the cause.
What Causes Reduced General Condition?
Chronic diseases, anemia, or surgical conditions, such as appendicitis can cause your child to be less active. The most common reasons for reduced general condition are listed below.
Infection - is the most common cause of less active behavior. Make sure that your child does not have one of the more serious infections: meningitis, sepsis, epiglottitis, pneumonia, or urinary tract infection.
Dehydration - can cause a child to become less active. Give your child fluids to drink, though this will be difficult if she has a sore throat or is vomiting. If she is vomiting or has diarrhea, she may not be able to drink enough to replenish the fluid loss.
Poisoning - Besides poisonous plants and household cleansers, over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen (Children's Tylenol), aspirin, or vitamins can be very dangerous for children, if taken in large doses. If you suspect that your child has been poisoned, call your local Poison Control Center immediately.
Allergic Reaction - will appear as rashes, swelling to the face, breathing difficulties, or nausea.
Psychological Conditions - mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, or eating disorders
Symptoms and Signs of Reduced General Condition
How can you tell if your child is less active than normal? As a parent, you are the expert on your child and you are best equipped to notice if he just isn't behaving normally. Perhaps he is less talkative, lacks the usual mood or curiosity, or has a smaller appetite than normal.
Call the doctor or 911 immediately if you notice that your child:
- Is unable to respond to verbal commands or is acting in a bizarre manner
- Has a stiff neck, rashes, high fever, and unexplained pain
- Appears to be dehydrated and is not getting enough fluid.
- Continues to deteriorate, even after the doctor has seen the child during the onset of the illness. In the early phase, your child may act normally, so contact the doctor again if the condition worsens.
Treatment for Reduced General Condition
If your child is less active than normal, try to identify the reason. Take your child's temperature to check whether he has a fever. If he does, administer some fever-reducing medicine to see whether your child improves, but it does not rule out the possibility of a serious infection. Continue to monitor your child and his fever. You can also give liquids to drink if your child is becoming dehydrated. Children who have been vomiting should drink small quantities of a balanced electrolyte solution (such as Pedialyte).
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