Children don’t come with an instruction manual, and they often can’t tell you what’s wrong. Should you call the doctor or nurse practitioner for a cough? Vomiting? Diarrhea? Fever?
If you’re worried, call us. Most common issues aren’t emergencies, but sometimes these signs can point to something else. To help you understand when your child might need to see a primary care provider at Children’s Health℠, below are some tips.
And the bottom line is, if you are concerned or have a question, call us. We’re here to walk you through at-home treatments or to make an appointment with your child’s doctor or nurse practitioner, or just to ease your mind that what you’re going through is normal.
Fevers aren’t bad – they are the body’s way of fighting off infection. Generally, a low fever is less than 102 degrees. A moderate fever is 102 to 104 degrees, and a high fever is 104 degrees and higher. Fevers aren’t dangerous unless they reach over 106 degrees. We recommend calling your child’s doctor or nurse practitioner under the following conditions:
You may also want to call your doctor or nurse practitioner if the fever is accompanied by:
Intestinal issues, usually caused by a virus, are a common cause of vomiting, diarrhea and even cough and cold symptoms. We recommend calling the doctor or nurse practitioner if your child has a stomachache combined with any of the following symptoms:
Vomiting and diarrhea, especially in children, can easily lead to dehydration. Always call the doctor or nurse practitioner if you think your child is dehydrated. Signs of dehydration:
Diarrhea can lead to dehydration and is considered severe under the following conditions:
Vomiting is common in childhood, but call the doctor under the following conditions:
Coughs that come with a cold clear mucus from the airways. There is no cure for the common cold, and cough and cold medicines are not recommended for babies and young children. For newborns, a common cold can quickly lead to croup, pneumonia or other serious illness. Call the doctor or nurse practitioner under the following conditions:
Also known as dermatitis – are a rite of passage for childhood. Infections, irritations and wet diapers can all lead to rashes. Here’s when to call the doctor or nurse practitioner: