Decreased alertness refers to a noticeable
change in a child's typical interactions with the people and things around
the child. Decreased alertness may indicate a serious health problem and may include one or more of the following symptoms:
Difficulty waking up
Limpness or weak muscle tone. A child
over 3 months of age may not move for an extended period of time and show
no desire to move.
A weak or feeble cry
Unresponsiveness to touch or voice
Inability to suck for two or more feedings in
A vacant stare. Children over 3 months of
age may not make eye contact.
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
August 1, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 01, 2008
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