Give examples of when medical intervention is necessary

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: 2.2 Give examples of when medical intervention is necessary

  • You should be prepared to seek medical attention, if you believe that a child needs it
  • If you are not sure, it is better to trust your own instincts and get advice from a medical professional
  • Indicators that a child requires medical attention include:
    • Convulsions
    • Temperature of more than 38 degrees Celsius (if under 3 months) or more than 39 defrees Celsius (if age 3-6 months)
    • Continuous, high-pitched or unusual cry
    • Refusing to drink for more than 8 hours
    • Difficult to wake up or stay awake
    • Floppiness or lack of any response to stimuli
    • Fast, noisy or difficulty with breathing
    • Blue skin/lips
    • Paleness
  • Be on the lookout for any unexplained changes in a child’s mood or behaviour (e.g. crying and pulling at their ear may indicate an ear infection)

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