Describe the signs and symptoms of ill health in children

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell
Learning outcome: 2. Know the signs of ill health in children
Assessment criteria: 2.1 Describe the signs and symptoms of ill health in children

  • By recognising the signs and symptoms of illness in children (including the signs/symptoms of common illnesses), we can ensure that they are looked after and recieve any medical attention they need
  • Signs and symptoms of illness in a child include:
    • Fever/higher temperature
    • Rashes
    • Pain (e.g. head ache, sore throat, achey muscles etc.)
    • Coughing/sneezing
    • Changes in behaviour
    • Shadows under eyes
    • Tiredness/lethargy
    • Pale skin
    • Being clingy
    • Changes to appetite
    • Bedwetting

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