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How Do I Know When . . .?
Recognizing the Signs of Infection in HIV+ Children

January 2000

How do I know when it's just the sniffles or a real bad cold? How do I know when the fever is just from teething or the baby has an infection? Should you panic when your child doesn't eat one of his meals or is it just a toddler thing? These are just some of the questions that parents with children with HIV face everyday. Most parents don't want to miss something but they don't want to be running to their provider or emergency room constantly.

This is a guide that has helped many of the parents here in our program with just those same concerns about signs of infection. Hopefully you will find it useful also.

Remember that exposure to any communicable disease such as chicken pox, measles or tuberculosis must be reported immediately to your nurse or doctor to protect your child.

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