Health Tip: My Child's Sick

Should I take him to the doctor?

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(HealthDay News) -- Your child has diarrhea and is vomiting. At what point should you take him to the doctor?

The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that you contact the pediatrician immediately if, in addition to his other symptoms, he's also:

  • Less than 6 months of age.
  • Greater than 6 months of age and has a fever higher than 101.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Got symptoms of dehydration, or hasn't urinated in eight hours or more.
  • Had a severe stomach ache for more than two hours, or vomiting has lasted for more than eight hours or has been extremely forceful.
  • Had bloody or slimy stools.
  • Had blood in the vomit.
  • Possibly swallowed a poisonous substance.
  • Had a stiff neck.
  • Been unusually tired.

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