Is Your Child Sick ?

Is Your Child Sick?

Here are some common symptoms for children too young to tell you how they feel, and what to do when your child is sick.  Please call us if you have any concerns at (520) 721-5350 to make a same day sick appointment or to call with a question.  We have nurse available to take your call after-hours from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. and on weekends and holidays.

Does your child have a fever?

A fever is a temperature above 100.4. If your child feels warm, it is helpful to confirm that your child has a fever by taking his or her temperature.  Babies under 3 months of age need immediate evaluation by a physician because it may be a sign of a life-threatening infection.

Rash

Rashes have a variety of possible causes.  Most are not dangerous, but some require urgent evaluation by a physician.  If your child has a rash, please contact us to provide a description so that we can determine if a same-day visit is necessary.

Diarrhea

Call your pediatrician if:

  • Dehydration suspected. No urine in over 8 hours, dark urine, very dry mouth and no tears.
  • Blood in the stool
  • Constant stomach pain lasts over 2 hours
  • Vomits clear liquids 3 or more times
  • Age under 1 month with 3 or more diarrhea stools
  • Severe diarrhea. 10 or more watery stools in the last 24 hours.
  • Fever over 104° F (40° C)
  • Age under 12 weeks old with fever. Caution: Do NOT give your baby any fever medicine before being seen.
  • Weak immune system. (Such as sickle cell disease, HIV, cancer, organ transplant, taking oral steroids)
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Symptoms of Ear Infections

  • The main symptom is an earache.
  • Younger children will cry, act fussy or have trouble sleeping because of pain.
  • About 50% of children with an ear infection will have a fever.

Call your pediatrician if:

  • Fever lasts more than 2 days on antibiotics
  • Ear pain becomes severe or crying becomes nonstop
  • Ear pain lasts more than 3 days on antibiotics
  • Ear discharge is not better after 3 days on antibiotics
  • You think your child needs to be seen
  • Your child becomes worse

Heat Exposure

Call your pediatrician if:

  • Age under 12 weeks old and not acting normal after heat exposure
  • Age under 12 weeks old with fever. (Caution: Do NOT give your baby any fever medicine before being seen)
  • Vomiting keeps from drinking fluids
  • Dehydration suspected. (No urine in over 8 hours, dark urine, very dry mouth and no tears)
  • Fever or dizziness still there after drinking fluids for more than 2 hours
  • Your child looks or acts very sick

Sinus Pain or Congestion

Call your pediatrician if:

  • Headache lasts more than 48 hours
  • Fever lasts more than 3 days
  • Fever returns after gone for more than 24 hours
  • Earache occurs
  • Sinus pain with fever
  • Trouble breathing not gone after cleaning out the nose
  • Redness or swelling on the cheek, forehead or around the eye
  • Severe pain and not better after using care advice
  • Your child looks or acts very sick

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