Sick Child Visits
An appointment with your provider can help ease your mind if something just doesn’t seem right. You should seek medical care if your child is experiencing:
- High or persistent fever
- Any breathing problems, such as fast, labored, or noisy breathing from the chest
- Persistent pain, such as an earache, sore throat, severe headache, or stomach ache
- Eye discharge that is thick, sticks the eyelids shut, and doesn’t get better during the day
Additionally, you may need to have your child seen for:
- Frequent vomiting or diarrhea, not being able to keep down enough liquids to produce urine at least once every six to eight hours, or dehydration (severe dehydration needs to be treated in the emergency room)
- Vomit or diarrhea that contains blood
- A stiff neck, extreme lack of energy, or illness seems to be getting worse rather than staying the same for more than four to five days
- Exposure to a contagious illness, such as mono, influenza, chickenpox, or has traveled out of the country recently
It’s important to pay attention to how a child is acting with a temperature. If the child has a high fever but is playful and active, the illness may be less concerning. Paying close attention to a child’s respiratory symptoms is also important, as fast or labored breathing may signal that the child has a serious illness.
Children’s fevers may reach different heights (some tend to run high whenever they’re sick, while others rarely have high temperatures), so it is important to pay attention to how a child is acting and eating/drinking.
For newborns (under about three months), any fever over 100.4 F can be concerning and requires evaluation. For children three months to three years, a fever higher than 102 F can be worrisome. In general, there isn’t a set cutoff number for children’s fevers, but the symptoms occurring alongside the fever are very significant.
Common SIck visits: Links to Strep Throat, Otitis Media, Influenza, Upper Respiratory Infections, Constipation, Sore throat, urinary tract infections, rashes, pink eye, vomiting, diarrhea
We have the proper lab tests in house to accurately diagnose your child’s illness and provide appropriate treatment.