A mild fever is your child's healthy response to the infection-fighting process. If your child has a fever and no other symptoms, it can be resolved with home treatment.

However, it may be something more serious that requires a pediatrician's attention. If you have recently traveled outside of the country or your child's fever has lasted longer than three days, talk to your child's pediatrician within 24 hours.

It's not always about the number, but what is more important is how your kid is acting. If your child's fever is accompanied by any of the following, call 911 or take your child to the pediatric ER:

  • Difficulty waking up or moving
  • Trouble breathing
  • Extreme dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Inability to swallow or urinate

Fever Meter

Visit the pediatric ER if your child's temperature is:

  • Higher than 100.4 degrees for babies less than 3 months of age
  • Higher than 102.2 degrees for infants 3 months old to toddlers 3 years of age
  • Higher than 102 degrees for children ages three years or older that has lasted longer than two days

If you suspect that your child has a serious virus and is not up-to-date on immunizations, it is important that they been seen in the pediatric ER, especially if there is an outbreak of a serious disease. It is also important to keep your child away from others that are unvaccinated, infants and pregnant women.

Our pediatric ER is close to home and able to help treat your child's fever. The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial strives to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality, pediatric emergency care.

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