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Parents should be careful when they say that their child is "lethargic," when they only mean he is tired or a little droopy. Lethargic is one of those words that has a specific meaning for physicians: it implies a serious degree of illness, and is often used correctly to describe a child who is septic. The younger the patient - babies and toddlers under two years especially - the more alarming the "L-word" can be for the doctor. What parents mean is "very tired," which they should say plainly. Speak to your doctor in ordinary English (or Norwegian, if you are Norwegian). Do not try to impress her with your command of medical lingo. It can lead to confusion, unnecessary tests, and even needless admission to the hospital.