No matter how many times you have been through it, a sick child with a high fever is a scary experience. Just a few weeks ago we had a very concerned mother rush her child into one of our clinics. The child had all of a sudden spiked a fever of 104, was lethargic and even an hour after taking Ibuprofen the child’s fever was still high. But that was not the only thing that was worrying the mother – what really scared her was that her daughter had all of a sudden went from a playful child to listless, exhausted and not like herself. While the situation was scary to the parent, the diagnosis and treatment were common. The daughter was diagnosed with strep throat and given amoxicillin and was feeling better within 24 hours.

Fevers for the most part are just the body’s way of fighting infection, and most of the time they do not warrant a visit to a doctor, but knowing the signs of when to seek treatment are important.

Age Matters

Depending on how old your child is, will dictate what to do if your child has a fever.

When to call your doctor or bring your child in for treatment:

  • Under 3 months old and fever over 100.4
  • Between 3 and 6 months and fever of 101 or above
  • Over 6 months and fever of 103 or above

However, like any rule there are always exceptions.

Exceptions to the Rule

If your child is over 6 months, has a fever of 102 or higher and has any of the following symptoms, it is important to seek treatment as your child’s fever is most likely caused by an infection.

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Perhaps the most important gauge of if you need to seek treatment for your child from a professional, is your child’s behavior. We often hear from parents that their child never complained or even cried, they just laid on the couch. What tipped off the mother to rush her daughter in for treatment was that her daughter was not behaving as she normally would. If your child is normally healthy and active and all of a sudden only wants to lay on a couch or sleep all day, it is important to call your doctor regardless of the temperature of their fever. Children often will not complain of their symptoms or do not have the words to do so, but by observing how they normally behave versus how they are acting with a fever will help you take the appropriate steps to get them feeling better. With little to no waiting and convenient clinics all over the Metro Area Our Urgent Care is here to help you and your family be healthy and happy.