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Parents and children alike can experience many illnesses and conditions throughout their lives. Many are relatively harmless and will pass within a few days. Some, however, are simply too inconvenient or downright dangerous to be ignored. With two parents in the house, juggling responsibilities and being proactive in handling any sickness is hard; as a single parent, that responsibility becomes even more difficult.
Not only must you look after your children, but you must also look after yourself. Regardless of who it is, here are five very important reasons to justify immediately seeing a doctor.
Five Immediate Reasons for a Doctor’s Visit
1. Irregular Growths
It’s completely normal for our bodies to change as we age. From the moment we’re born until the day we die, our cells are constantly splitting and replacing themselves. This is a healthy part of daily life – but sometimes, it can lead to problems that cannot be avoided.
If you suddenly see an irregular patch in the form of a mole or wart growing rapidly, developing asymmetrical boundaries or changing in colour, then you absolutely must see a doctor or dermatologist (click here to see pictures of abnormal moles). Additionally, other kinds of growths – such as lumps, swollen lymph nodes, and other protrusions – should be inspected by a medical professional if they suddenly appear and do not go away on their own.
2. Eye Problems
We can all agree that eyesight is important. Besides the fact that your vision is critical to day-to-day life, issues with your eyes can sometimes be indicative of other health problems. Saurabh Jain is an experienced Ophthalmic Surgeon in London, and she notes that visual issues with the eye and with vision, in general, can “lead to wider problems such as lack of optimal visual development, difficulty concentrating at school or work, and social anxiety” if left untreated.
These potential problems are vast: from something as simple as needing corrective lenses or glasses to mitigate poor eyesight, to swelling around the eye itself that can impede vision. Ultimately, nobody without a medical background is an expert: if you or your child suddenly has a noticeable change in vision or appearance of the eye area, then an immediate trip to the doctor is required.
3. Digestive Changes
You and your children alike all have different preferences and can exhibit different eating habits at various points. Some days, you might be so busy that you don’t get the chance to have a real meal. Children might want to dine on sugary sweets all day and refuse to eat their vegetables. These are all normal and temporary shifts in eating habits that usually correct themselves in time.
However, a sudden loss of appetite, lack of hydration or – especially with younger children – sudden shifts in bowel movements are not healthy nor normal. Anything from dehydration to an impacted colon and diabetes could be to blame for these shifts. If you or your child’s stomach won’t stop aching or suddenly it becomes difficult to eat, drink or have a bowel movement, a visit to the doctor is a must.
4. Head Injuries
There are some injuries and situations where you just don’t take a chance. Arguably more so than any other type of injury, head injuries can be downright damaging and even fatal if not treated. While there’s certainly a difference between your child scratching his or her head accidentally and a concussion, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Falls and crashes are the most common type of head injury, and they can easily happen to both young children and their parents. The NHS lists the following symptoms associated with a severe head injury: losing consciousness, concussion, seizures, memory loss, difficulty speaking and issues with vision, among other things.
Never take a chance with your health or the health of your child: head injuries require an immediate visit to the doctor or hospital.
5. Chest Pain And Breathing Difficulties
Single parents put up with a lot, and the stress can sometimes be hard to overcome. While it can proverbially feel at times like you can’t breathe, if this literally becomes an issue, you must handle the situation immediately. Shortness of breath can sometimes occur due to physical exercise, but if it occurs at random, then something is wrong. Many young children are diagnosed with asthma after otherwise seeming perfectly healthy – and such conditions can be life-threatening if left unchecked.
Additionally, any tightening in the chest can be a huge warning sign in a number of areas. Cardiovascular issues such as a heart or stroke and even tumours can be the cause for discomfort in and around your chest. Only a medical professional can truly diagnose your condition and determine whether it is a benign issue or something serious; don’t play guessing games with your health or that of your children.
These five health-related issues are immediate causes for concern and should always be taken seriously. By visiting your local doctor and getting to the root of the problem, your family can avoid any unnecessary hardship, extended illness or tragedy.
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