When Is a Fever a Serious Situation?

Back-to-school season is in full swing once more, and we hope you are finding the right balance in the chaos of homework, sports, activities and your own work. We also hope that you have avoided the first round of illnesses that have swept through the school already.

We all know that this time of year is common for kids to get sick from viruses, stomach bugs or other infections. One of the most common symptoms associated with these types of illnesses is a fever.

Even though it may be scary to see an elevated temperature on the thermometer, don’t immediately panic! Most fevers are actually helpful and can speed up your child’s recovery.

Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Monroe Road any time you are worried about your child’s wellness, but read on to learn more about fevers and what they can do for your child.

Is Anything Above 98.6 Degrees a Fever?

While 98.6 degrees is the normal baseline for most adults and children, our bodies actually fluctuate in temperature a bit throughout the day. That is why an official fever is not diagnosed until your temperature reaches 100.4 degrees or higher.

Fevers are an immune response when your body recognizes an invader. It starts to heat up to make it harder for the illness to grow and spread, and this elevated temperature even makes it easier for your body to fight off the infection. Cool, right? So, before you hurry to your medicine cabinet, take a look at your child. If he or she is acting relatively normally and isn’t feeling miserable, letting the fever run its course can actually speed up your child’s recovery process.

Common Illnesses That Can Spike a Fever

  • Influenza
  • Ear infections
  • Chickenpox
  • Respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infections

At What Point Should I Call the Doctor for a Fever?

If your child is experiencing symptoms from the fever, like chills, fatigue, hot sweats or body aches, certainly give him or her some OTC fever-reducing medication and offer cool water and rest. Most fevers last a day or two at most, and your child will hopefully feel much better after.

If the medication doesn’t bring the fever down or it reaches 103 degrees or higher, coming to see us is always recommended. It is also recommended if the fever lasts more than three days without breaking. We will investigate further and take care of your little one right away.

Symptoms of a High-Grade Fever

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion
  • A spreading rash
  • Seizures
  • Stiff neck

Fevers can be frustrating to deal with at home. Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Monroe Road any day of the week.