Signs that indicate that your little one is tired

By: - 10th September 2019

Little ones do not know exactly how to express what they are going through. When they feel uncomfortable, they tend to either cry or refuse to eat. Therefore, as parents, it is very important that we know what our children are going through. This article is designed to help you identify whether your little one is tired at the moment, and also to see if there are any underlying reasons and advice you need if your child is continuously suffering in the long-term

Tiredness and fatigue signify weariness. Tiredness can be overcome by good sleep and rest. However, fatigue does not diminish with just sleep and rest. Chronic fatigue is often a symptom of a disease. If your child shows tiredness for more than two weeks, which does not go away even after getting plenty of sleep or rest, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Causes for tiredness in children
  1. Sleep-related problems
  2. If your child is not getting enough sleep, this can result in them becoming tired. There are several reasons for this.

    • Not getting a minimum of 8-10 hours of sleep due to staying up late to do homework. Mum, please note if your child does stay up late and misses sleep, it is important to for them to catch up on their missed sleep.
    • Constant waking up during sleep, sleep apnea, or short sleep.
    • Respiratory difficulties.
  3. Side effects of drugs.

    Allergy medicines can cause drowsiness.

  4. Infections caused by viruses such as Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).

    This exhaustion can last for weeks or months.

  5. Periodical diseases such as asthma

    If this is not treated, your child will become tired. If your child is suffering from asthma, they will find it difficult to breathe normally and end up taking faster, short breaths. This excessive breathing often results in tiredness.

  6. Anemia

    Red blood cells in the body carry oxygen to the body's organs. Reduced hemoglobin is associated with decreased red cells, thus decreasing oxygen supply to the cells. It also makes you tired.

  7. Low Thyroid Function

    When the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroxine hormones, the metabolism of the body is affected and results in tiredness.

  8. Heart disease

    This is very rare in children. When the heart is weak, tiredness occurs.

  9. Cancer and other periodontal disorders.

    This is also very rare, but fatigue can be a predisposition in these situations.

  10. Depression, anxiety or other mental illness.

    If a child finds life difficult, they show it with tiredness. This condition can be seen due to the above medical reasons.

  11. Characteristics of a tired child
    • Low skill levels.
    • Delays in completing tasks.
    • Crying.
    • Needing constant attention.
    • Rejecting play with toys.
    • Rejecting food.

If your child shows such symptoms of tiredness, do not delay seeking medical attention. The doctor will then investigate the history of the child’s tiredness by asking necessary questions to identify sleep habits, mental problems, anxiety, and stress. A physical examination will be carried out if the child is showing weight, growth and other physical abnormalities.

Performing diagnostic tests

Further physical diagnostic tests such as blood tests, urine tests, x-rays and MRI scans will be carried out if needed.

An article compiled by Dr. D.M.I Dissanayake of the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital.

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