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It’s important to know when it’s time to bring your child in for a medical checkup.
While you will certainly bring your child in regularly to see our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians for standard wellness visits, it’s also important to know when certain conditions, injuries, and symptoms require immediate and professional medical attention. Not sure when to handle illness at home and when to bring your sick child in for a visit? Here are some rules to follow...
It’s a good idea to call our pediatricians in West Jordan if your child is experiencing,
- A high or prolonged fever
- Trouble breathing
- Severe or persistent pain (e.g. earache; sore throat)
- Thick eye discharge
- Vomiting or diarrhea that is persistent or contains blood
- Signs of dehydration (this is considered an emergency situation)
- Severe lethargy or illness lasting more than 4-5 days
- Symptoms of a contagious illness (e.g. chickenpox; mono)
- Symptoms after recently traveling outside the country
- A widespread or painful rash
When it comes to a fever, it’s important that you monitor your child closely for any changes. Watch out for a high fever, especially if it is accompanied by lethargy and other symptoms. If your child is also having trouble breathing, they will require immediate medical attention.
Additionally, the age of your child is a large factor when determining whether the fever warrants a trip to our office. A pediatrician should see babies under the age of three months who have a fever over 100.4 F. Children between three months and 3 years should also be evaluated by a medical professional if their fever is over 102 F.
Ear pain is often caused by an infection, and while some ear infections will go away on their own without medication, sometimes it’s important for your little one to receive antibiotics in order to fight the infection. If your child’s earache is accompanied by a high fever/additional symptoms, if the pain is severe, or if there is discharge coming from the ear, then you should see a pediatrician as soon as you can.
Vomiting or Diarrhea
Again, this is a symptom you’ll want to watch closely. If symptoms persist or are severe, then you’ll want to see a doctor right away. Call us if,
- There is blood in the stool
- Your child is showing signs of dehydration (e. dark urine)
- The fever is over 104 F
When in doubt, if your child is very sick or seems in distress, it’s best to play it safe and give us a call right away.
Concerned? Contact Us!
Dealing with a sick child? We know just how stressful this can be. Luckily, the pediatric medical team here at Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT, can help. Call us today at (801) 563-1975.
It's not always easy to decide if you should make that call to your pediatrician's office when your child is sick. They are certainly not feeling well, but is he or she sick enough for a trip to the doctor's office? West Jordan doctors Pari Mashkuri, Valerie Rahaniotis, Jeff Jackson, Molly Montes, Harper Randall and physician's assistant Jared Spackman of Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan are here to share a few times when visits are important.
A fever helps the body fight off infection and isn't automatically a reason to bring your child in for a visit, but there are some cases in which your child should be seen, including:
- Your baby is younger than three months old and has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher.
- Your older child has had a fever for two or three days or longer.
- Your child has a fever of 104 degrees or higher.
- The fever doesn't decrease after you give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Vomiting and diarrhea
Vomiting and diarrhea accompany many illnesses. Child sick visits are necessary if:
- Vomiting and diarrhea last more than a few hours.
- Your child has severe abdominal pain.
- Your child's stomach looks swollen, and he or she has a fever.
- Vomiting or diarrhea is accompanied by back pain and painful urination.
- You notice blood when your child vomits or has diarrhea.
Vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which can occur very quickly in infants. Bring your child in for a sick visit if he or she shows any of these signs:
- Your child has decreased urination or no urination. (If your child is a baby, call if you notice no wet diapers in a three-hour period.)
- Your child complains that he or she has a dry mouth or is thirsty.
- Your child cries but doesn't produce tears.
- Headaches, dizziness or lightheadedness occurs.
- Your child's skin is dry.
Coughing often occurs when your child has a virus, but in some cases, that cough can lead to pneumonia or other respiratory problems. Call if:
- Your child coughs constantly or the cough interferes with sleep.
- The cough is accompanied by noisy breathing or pain.
- The cough lasts more than two weeks.
- The cough is accompanied by a fever that lasts more than three days or ear pain.
- Constant coughing causes vomiting.
You know your child better than anyone else. If he or she develops any symptoms that concern you, call Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan at (801) 563-1975. Their medical team is skilled at evaluating symptoms and will let you know when child sick visits are needed.