Irritable Child

General or Other | Paediatrics | Irritable Child (Symptom)


The term irritability is used for babies and young children who, when ill, are especially fussy, whiny, and fretful, despite attempts at comforting and soothing. Parents are usually very aware of their child's normal behaviour and may pick up early changes that the doctor would not notice. This can help diagnose the disease early.


Irritability can be a very early sign of serious problems. Although irritability is a symptom of some specific disease, should arouse suspicion in the parent that something might be wrong with the child, although it can not yet be other symptoms. Different causes of irritability include: autism spectrum disorders, cancer, colic in infants, congenital infections, diabetes or other metabolic disease, the drug reaction, ear infection, encephalitis, fracture or sprain.