Irritable Child

Children can become cranky, fussy or irritable for many reasons. Often it's because they're hungry or just tired. But sometimes irritability can be a sign of illness in children.

This health decision guide will help you figure out why your child may be irritable, what steps you can take to comfort him, and when you should contact your pediatrician for advice.

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When a young baby is irritable, it can be difficult to figure out what is wrong.

How old is your child?

My child is younger than three months.

My child is older than three months.

It's important not to ignore fussiness in your child. Irritability sometimes may indicate a serious illness.

Does your irritable child have any of these symptoms?

  • He has a high fever.

  • His neck is stiff.

  • He has a severe headache, or any other severe pain

  • He appears confused.

  • He has a rash.

  • He has difficulty breathing.

  • He won't eat.

  • He won't drink.

Yes, my child has one or more of these symptoms.

No, my child does not have any of these symptoms.

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