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Generally, a fever is brought on by an infection from a virus or bacterial infection. While many times a parent’s first instinct is to worry when their child has a fever, it’s not necessarily a sign that something serious is taking place. That’s because a fever is the body’s normal, infection-fighting response to infection and in many cases is considered a good sign that the child’s body is trying to heal itself.
When to Visit Your Pediatrician
Fevers are one of the most common reasons parents seek medical care for their child. Most of the time, however, fevers require no treatment.
When a child has a fever, he may feel warm, appear flushed or sweat more than normal—these are all common signs. So, when does a child’s fever warrant a pediatrician’s attention?
You should call your pediatrician immediately if the child has a fever and one or more of the following:
- Exhibits very ill, lethargic, unresponsive or unusually fussy behavior
- Complains of a stiff neck, severe headache, sore throat, ear pain, unexplained rash, painful urination, difficulty breathing or frequent bouts of vomiting or diarrhea
- Has a seizure
- Is younger than 3 months and has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher
- Fever repeatedly rises above 104°F for a child of any age
- Child still feels ill after fever goes away
- Fever persists for more than 24 hours in a child younger than 2 years or more than 3 days in a child 2 years of age and older
All children react differently to fevers. If your child appears uncomfortable, you can keep him relaxed with a fever-reducing medication until the fever subsides. Ask your pediatrician if you have questions about recommended dosage. Your child should also rest and drink plenty of fluid to stay hydrated. Popsicles are great options that kids can enjoy!
For many parents, fevers can be scary, particularly in infants. Remember, the fever itself is just the body’s natural response to an illness, and letting it run its course is typically the best way for the child to fight off the infection. Combined with a little TLC and a watchful eye, your child should be feeling normal and fever-free in no time.
Whenever you have a question or concern about your child’s health and well being, contact your West Jordan pediatrician for further instruction.
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.