When You Should Bring In Your Sick Child
By Southwest Children's Clinic
April 04, 2016
Category: Sick Child Visit
Tags: sick child   fever   coughing  

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 sicj child checkupfeeling 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.