Fever in Children Questions and Answers
There’s a lot to learn about fever in children, like how it may be life-threatening to a baby. We’d like to help, and we get a lot of questions about fever in children, so here’s Night Lite Pediatrics’ Q&A about it.You can come see us today, no appointment necessary, if your child needs non-emergency, urgent care. Call us now. We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, Melbourne and Port St Lucie.
What is a fever?
A fever is a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher when taken from a child rectally (in the bottom), or 100°F (37.8°C) or higher when taken from a child orally (in the mouth).
You need to call 911 or take your child to the ER (emergency room) if your child is 3 months old or younger and has a fever. A fever is a symptom of another issue and may be a sign of a potentially serious infection in a child 3 or under. If your child is older than 3 months, there are no serious or life-threatening symptoms, and your child hasn’t had a high fever lasting over a number of days, you can go to an urgent care clinic like Night Lite Pediatrics instead.
What symptoms accompany a fever?
If your child has a fever, your child will likely feel warm or hot, and it’s possible that your child will also become more uncomfortable as the temperature rises. Your child might not be as talkative or active as usual and may seem fussier, less hungry, or thirstier. These are the common symptoms, but there can be serious, life-threatening symptoms that accompany a fever, like abdominal pain or trouble breathing.
What conditions can cause a fever?
Several different conditions or circumstances can cause a fever. Infectious diseases, heat stroke, blood transfusions, certain medicines, disorders of the brain, some kinds of cancer, and some autoimmune diseases can cause fever. Please remember, though, that fever requires professional diagnosis and often professional treatment.
When should I worry about fever in my child?
Remember, fever in a child 3 months old or younger is an emergency that requires emergency care at the ER. Also, sometimes fever is accompanied by life-threatening symptoms like abdominal pain or difficulty breathing, and these symptoms also require emergency care at the ER. Additionally, high fever lasting over a number of days requires attention at the ER. When none of those instances are the case, you should still consider getting your child treated, but urgent care can handle the matter.
When should a child go to urgent care for a fever?
When a child is older than 3 months, there are no serious or life-threatening symptoms, and the child hasn’t had a high fever for a number of days, urgent care can handle it.
A minor fever in a child should be treated at urgent care if it’s causing them discomfort. If the cause is an infection, an urgent care doctor will be able to address it quickly to relieve the fever and other symptoms. Also, if your child has repeated fevers, you should talk to a doctor like one of ours here at Night Lite Pediatrics.
Urgent care is the best place to go when a fever isn’t an emergency. This is because they can address the matter right away without the need for an appointment!
Do you treat fever in children near me?
Yes, Night Lite Pediatrics treats fever in children. If your child has a fever that is not life-threatening, don’t hesitate to come by for urgent care treatment. An appointment is never necessary. We have multiple locations in Greater Orlando and beyond, so please see our Locations page for the one nearest you, then come see us at that location for on-the-spot attention. Our clinic is open 7 days a week with late hours.
We hope you found our Q&A useful, and we look forward to seeing you and your child soon!