Fever in children…when to be worried – informed parent anxiety test for teens

Should I take her to an urgent care or the anxiety test for teens emergency room?” the distressed mom asked. In 35 years of practice I cannot count how many anxiety test for teens of these calls I have answered. No doubt fever is a worrisome and angst-provoking thing for the parent of a child to go anxiety test for teens through.But fever serves a useful function and is protective in anxiety test for teens many cases. It can help the body fight certain infections.

When I get a call about fever there are two anxiety test for teens main questions that I want to know: 1) when did the fever start and 2) what are the associated signs and symptoms? A fever of one or two days duration without associated anxiety test for teens symptoms is not particularly concerning as long as the child anxiety test for teens is taking adequate fluids and is playful when the fever anxiety test for teens comes down.


The height of the fever should not be worrisome if anxiety test for teens there are no specific symptoms that would indicate a localizing anxiety test for teens infection. It is not uncommon for a child with a viral anxiety test for teens illness to have a fever of 103-105 degrees .He may look listless and needing to go to the anxiety test for teens emergency room.But if he perks up and is playful when the anxiety test for teens fever is brought down to 99 degrees, it is less concerning. Quite often a fever associated with viral illnesses will “go up” later in the day between 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock p.M.

One must also remember that a small percentage of children anxiety test for teens who receive immunizations may get a fever in the first anxiety test for teens 24-48 hours after the vaccine. They may be fussy and irritable perhaps have some redness anxiety test for teens and soreness at the vaccine site but usually do not anxiety test for teens have specific symptoms. A fever lasting up to and beyond 5 days is anxiety test for teens more concerning. It is important to determine if there could be a anxiety test for teens more serious infection going on. A sustained fever beyond 5 days would make one think anxiety test for teens about the possibility of kawasaki disease (see archived articles in the informed parent about this).

Does the child have a cough or congestion that would anxiety test for teens indicate a cold or pneumonia? Is the cough a bark-like cough that could mean the child has croup? Is there any wheezing or labored breathing? Does the child have any vomiting or diarrhea that would anxiety test for teens indicate a gastro-enteritis or “stomach bug”? Does the child have a rash? Is the child pulling at his/her ear to suggest possible ear infection? Does the child have pain with swallowing or a sore anxiety test for teens throat? These are the questions that are essential to determine if anxiety test for teens the child needs to be seen more urgently.

Another concern of parents whose child has a fever is, “at what temperature do I have to be concerned about anxiety test for teens my child having seizures?” around 2-3% of children may have what are called febrile seizures. These can occur between the ages of 6 months and anxiety test for teens 5 years and DO NOT mean the child has epilepsy. They DO outgrow these. Febrile seizures usually happen early in an illness when the anxiety test for teens fever is on its way up and typically last less anxiety test for teens than 5 minutes. While they are frightening for a parent to witness they anxiety test for teens are not particularly dangerous.

The best thing a parent can do for a child anxiety test for teens to prevent seizures is to be vigilant about fever and anxiety test for teens try to keep it down as best as they can. As mentioned above, fever does serve a useful function and I usually don’t have parents give anything for fever unless it gets anxiety test for teens above 100.5 degrees. The caveat to this is a newborn (an infant under 30 days of life). Any newborn with a fever above 100.4 degrees rectally MUST be admitted to the hospital for anxiety test for teens specific tests and antibiotics.

A child with a fever of 1-2 days duration, with no specific symptoms who is playful and active may anxiety test for teens be given measures to bring the fever down to make anxiety test for teens he more comfortable. He may be given a tepid sponge bath. I have the parents put him in a tub of anxiety test for teens air temperature water with toys to lethim play while being anxiety test for teens sponged down. This helps the body get rid of excess body heat anxiety test for teens by increasing the evaporative losses of heat. It is very effective but it is important to avoid anxiety test for teens shivering which will happen if the water is too cold. The brain gets tricked into thinking that the body is anxiety test for teens cold and will make the body shiver to generate more anxiety test for teens body heat. After the sponge bath the parent should dry the child anxiety test for teens well and dress him lightly. Parents can also give anti-pyretics such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. In the proper dosing for the child’s weight, these are very effective.

When a child has a fever it is important to anxiety test for teens be in communication with the child’s doctor. A child usually doesn’t need anything for fever unless it gets above 100.5 degrees. The most important fact is that when a child has anxiety test for teens a high fever and looks ill, he perks up and is playful and happy when the anxiety test for teens fever is brought down to a near normal value. It is also important that he is taking fluids well…enough that he continues to have good urine output. The real bottom line is that if a parent has anxiety test for teens ANY question, they should call the child’s doctor.

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