A child’s fever could be a sign of an impending medical issue. But there are cases in which the fever is a harmless symptom. It’s important to note when to take your child to the doctor as a result of their fever, and our team at Advanced Urgent Care can use our experience to explain the decision-making process. In this latest post, we’ll take a look at the signs of fever-related health issues.
What Does a Fever Mean?
A fever is our body’s response to viruses and infection. The brain raises the natural temperature of your body to signal to the immune system to do its job and remove the infection. In children, it can be normal for their temperature to rise to over 100F to fight a virus or infection.
Children Under 3 Months
In dealing with a fever in a child under three months, it’s important that you take the time to review their symptoms carefully. If the fever is above 100F, you should immediately take them to see a doctor. Little children are particularly vulnerable to changes in temperature, and their bodies are not strong enough yet to handle fending off a high fever.
Over 105F Seek Emergency Care
If your children have a temperature of more than 105F you should take the child to the emergency room. This is particularly important if the child also has a stiff neck, headache, and lethargy, as these are all signs of serious medical conditions that require assistance from a trusted local specialist.
When in Doubt, Go to an Urgent Care Team
Remember to always go to an urgent care team such as Advanced Urgent Care if you have any doubts about your child’s fever. A fever can rise quickly at a moment’s notice and symptoms can develop rapidly. Your child might need immediate care in the coming hours, and being at a local hospital or urgent care facility could help to safeguard them for the future.
Please note that our Urgent Care Facilities might not be able to treat all conditions similar to those described here and these patients are referred to a local emergency room if a high-level of care is required.