Don’t get fever phobia! It’s hard to see your child suffer through a fever (also known as high temperature), and it can be difficult to determine whether your child requires a doctor’s visit or even a trip to the emergency room.
Fevers themselves are generally not dangerous or harmful, but what causes high temperatures in kids may be. Call your doctor right away if your child has a fever and:
- Looks very sick
- Is drowsy or very fussy
- Has a weakened immune system or other medical problems
- Has a seizure
- Has other symptoms such as rash, sore throat, headache, stiff neck, or earache
A fever is the immune system’s natural response to fight infections, but it can also be caused by heat exhaustion, severe sunburn, and some immunizations. Although a fever is easy to measure, determining its cause can be hard. If you are ever in doubt about whether or not your child needs to see a healthcare professional, call his or her doctor. The doctor can help determine whether the fever is cause for concern by asking whether your child is eating, playing, alert, or dehydrated. To schedule an appointment, call 888-452-IRMC.
Please note, IRMC Physician Group has many family medicine providers who are seeing new patients, as well as taking same day appointments.