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The 411 on fevers

When to Take Your Child to the ER for a Fever

Mild fever is generally easy to treat at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications. However, sometimes fever is an indicator of a more serious infection. See below to help determine when to take your child to the doctor for a fever. Typically, it is best to call your doctor first before heading to the ER. However, if your pediatrician is unavailable, here are some general guidelines for when to go to the ER. 

Newborns and Infants Younger than 3 Months Old
If your baby is less than 3 months old, visit the pediatric ER if his or her temperature is above 100.4 degrees. You should also seek emergency care if your baby’s fever is accompanied by these symptoms: 

  • Difficulty waking up to be fed
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Inconsolable or non-stop crying 

Babies and Toddlers 3 Months to 3 Years
For babies and toddlers between the age of 3 months and 3 years, visit the pediatric ER if the child’s temperature is above 102.2 degrees, or if the child is displaying these symptoms: 

  • Difficulty waking up
  • Not urinating
  • Unable to keep fluids down
  • Inconsolable
  • Not up to date on immunizations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rash 

Children Age 3 and Older
If your child is 3 or older, visit the pediatric ER if the child’s temperature is over 102 degrees for two or more days. You should also seek emergency care if the fever is accompanied by any of these symptoms: 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Unable to keep fluids down
  • Burning during urination or does not urinate
  • Rash
  • Stiff neck
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Not up to date on immunizations 

HealthONE has six pediatric emergency departments in the Denver metro area, so you are certain to find an ER that is close to home and able to quickly treat your child. Our hospitals strive to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality emergency medical care.

Text 'ER' to 23000 for the Nearest ER and Average ER Wait Times
No matter where you are in the Denver area, simply text ER to 23000 and we will text you back with the nearest Pediatric ER and the average wait time. Message and data rates may apply.
 

Visit www.rockymountainhospitalforchildren.com for more information.

 

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