What are the Symptoms of TB in a Child?

Tuberculosis (TB) in children can have different symptoms than in adults. TB in children is often referred to as pediatric TB. The symptoms can vary, and it’s essential to recognize them early for diagnosis and treatment. Common symptoms of TB in children may include:

  1. Persistent Cough: A cough that lasts for more than two weeks or is worsening over time.
  2. Fever: Unexplained and prolonged fever, especially in the evening or night sweats.
  3. Weight Loss: Significant and unexplained weight loss or failure to thrive.
  4. Poor Appetite: Loss of appetite and reduced food intake.
  5. Fatigue: Generalized tiredness or lack of energy.
  6. Breathing Problems: Difficulty breathing, especially if TB has affected the lungs.
  7. Chest Pain: Chest pain or discomfort, often associated with difficulty breathing.
  8. Swollen Lymph Nodes: Enlarged lymph nodes, especially in the neck.
  9. Irritability: Unusual fussiness or irritability, particularly in younger children.
  10. Failure to Thrive: Slowed growth and development compared to other children of the same age.

TB in children can be more challenging to diagnose because the symptoms are often non-specific and can overlap with other common childhood illnesses. If you suspect that a child may have TB, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare provider. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for preventing the spread of the disease and ensuring the child’s recovery. TB is treatable, and with appropriate medication and care, most children can recover fully.