When to worry about your child’s fever?

Fever worries parents; Sometimes they are scared. I understand why. Eventually, the fever may be a sign of something serious - and at the beginning of one, it's hard to know if it's going to become something serious.

Most of the time, it is not serious. Fever is very common. They are part of the body against infection. The average child will get the virus for many years - which means that there are fever. Most of the fever have nothing to worry about, and go through in a day or two.

Sometimes, though, parents should worry. Here are some cases when you need to worry about fever and get immediate medical attention:

  • If your child is under three months old. While most fevers in newborns are good, their defense is still waking up and they are not good at telling us the pain.
  • If the fever comes with a black rash (small spots or larger, flat or raised) it looks like bruise and is not lighter when you click on it. This can be a sign of a serious infection.
  • If your child is extremely sleepy or extremely upset. This always worries doctors. Children are often sleepy and irritable when they are sick. What I'm talking about here is when sleepiness and serious crankiness. If you are not sure about your child's symptoms are serious, call and speak to the doctor (or the person calling).
  • If your child has severe pain, or has difficulty moving any part of his body (such as the neck).
  • If your child has difficulty breathing, or is breathing faster or stronger than usual. It can be a sign of a serious lung infection.
  • If your child has a medical condition, or is on medication, it makes them more difficult to fight the infection. It is important that you see your doctor soon.

Also call your doctor if:

  • Your child has a fever greater than 102 ° F (or 39 ° C). Perhaps nothing serious, but worth checking with a doctor or nurse to go through everything and see if a visit to the office or emergency room makes sense.
  • Your child has a rash (not as described above, so go straight to the emergency room). There are almost no worries, but some viruses worry us more than others (like measles, chicken pox) and some infections that require antibiotics (like strep throat, or cellulitis). Can cause rash.
  • Fever lasted more than two to three days. Again, there is probably nothing to worry about, but worth checking out for sure.
  • Your child drinks less than usual, especially if they also urinate less than usual. They may be dehydrated.
  • There is something else that does not seem right for you. Over the years, I have learned to believe in the instincts of parents. You know your child better than anyone. Call if you are worried.

Without this apply, chances are your child has a mild illness and will be good. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be helpful to make your child more comfortable, although if your child is doing well and drinking (eating is optional, that is taking the pill), it is best to let the fever And let the body do its job. Make sure your child has plenty of rest - and TLC.

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