When to See A Doctor for your Child's Fever

As a parent, you worry about your child, especially when a fever spikes. Unfortunately, it can be hard to know when to call a doctor for your child’s fever. Is it something minor, or is it something more serious? One thing is for sure that you can rely on Dr. Bayo Atolagbe and Dr. George Onyia at Starlight Pediatrics Primary and Urgent Care for proper child fever treatment and care in Casa Grande, AZ.

What Is Considered a Fever?

A child’s body temperature generally runs somewhere between 97 and 100 degrees, but on average, it is about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. An oral temperature of 99.6 or more is considered a fever.  

Fever Can Actually Be a Good Thing

Believe it or not, fever can be good. Fever is a sign that the body is fighting off an infection. Ultimately, fever aids the immune system by slowing the spread of bacteria and viruses. So, while a fever makes you tired and generally unwell, it is usually nothing to worry about.

How High Is Too High?

There are instances when a fever can be so high that it is dangerous, but this is usually in cases of hyperthermia. In order for a fever to cause tissue damage, it must be 107 degrees. This is extremely rare.

However, if your child’s fever gets as high as 105 degrees, contact Dr. Atolagbe or Dr. Onyua at Starlight Pediatrics Primary and Urgent Care in Casa Grande, AZ, for a child fever check. While it may be nothing too serious, it is best for your child to be examined to be sure.

When to See a Doctor

While there is generally no cause for concern with fevers, here are a few instances when you should call or see a doctor immediately:

  • Your child’s fever has lasted for 72 hours straight
  • Your newborn child’s fever is over 100.4 degrees (two months or younger)
  • Your infant child’s fever is over 102 degrees for over 24 hours (under a year old)
  • Your child’s fever has reached 105 degrees or more, regardless of age
  • Your child’s fever is accompanied by a rash, extreme weakness, severe pain, stiff neck, or dehydration

The most important thing is for you to keep your child at home, hydrated and comfortable. Your child needs rest. However, if you are concerned or your child’s fever gets too high, call (520) 510-0087 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Atolagbe or Dr. Onyia at Starlight Pediatrics Primary and Urgent Care in Casa Grande, AZ, can diagnose and treat child fever.

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