A, B, C, FLUIDS IN, FLUIDS OUT
The best indicators of serious illness in young babies can be remembered by using the A, B, C, Fluids in, Fluids out system.
The more of these signs and symptoms present, the higher the risk of serious illness.
The worst combination of signs is being drowsy and pale whilst having a high temperature.
The shorter the duration of illness, the less predictable the presenting symptom. Regular review is required to accurately identify when the situation has changed.
See a doctor immediately if your baby:
- is pale, drowsy and hot
- is pale, inactive and cries
- vomits green fluid
- has convulsions
- stops breathing for more than 15 seconds.
(Article reproduced courtesy of Associate Professor Peter Hewson, Paediatrician, Geelong, Vic.)