Pediatric Fever: When To Visit An Urgent Care CenterMarch 20, 2018 1:48 pm
When your child is sick, as a parent you often feel helpless in aiding their recovery, especially if they have a fever. You might be wondering how you can help them feel better and when you should take them to get medical help. Stony Creek Urgent Care Center is here to see your child when they have a fever.
Why does my child have a fever?
A fever is the body’s natural response to viruses and infection. The brain raises the body’s natural temperature while it signals the immune system to do its job. Especially for toddlers and children, their bodies are built to withstand fevers, and it can be normal for their temperature to climb over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
When should I seek medical care for my child?
Much of the time, it’s best to let your child rest while their body fights off a cold, the flu, or other infection. But there are some cases when you should call their doctor or get your child to medical care.
Call your child’s doctor if…
…they are under three months old and have a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. These little ones are particularly vulnerable, and their bodies are not developed enough to have a high fever. So, it’s important to check with your doctor, as they might want to see your child. You should also give the doctor a call if your child is between three and six months with a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
Seek emergency care if…
…your child has a fever over 105 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also get to the emergency room if your child has a fever along with a stiff neck and headache, severe pain, shortness of breath, severe lethargy, difficulty swallowing, compromised immunity, and other severe symptoms.
Remember: When in doubt, bring your child to be seen by a healthcare provider.