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My child always feels tired

It is not uncommon for children to feel tired when they are ill. While the illness lasts only for a few days, the exhaustion might even lasts for a week or two after viral infections like glandular fever. In some children, this might be very severe to the extent they might not even have strength to get out of their bed, lose appetite, unable to look at light or hear normal sounds and not able to concentrate. This is called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Other conditions like anaemia, obstructive sleep apnoea, iron deficiency and hormonal problems like thyroid deficiency need to be ruled out.

Seek advice, in case of:

  1. Tiredness affecting day to day life

  2. Snoring, gasping for breath and sweating during sleep

  3. Looking pale, bleeding in gums or bruising

  4. Loss of appetite or weight

Further read:

Action for ME - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome