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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.  Learn when it’s time to call your pediatrician or take your child to the hospital.

Does your child have a fever?

What is the temperature?

If it is over 100 degrees, you should call your pediatrician.

Widespread Rash

Call your pediatrician:

Widespread rashes means the rash occurs on larger areas. Examples are both legs or the entire back. Widespread can also be on most of the body surface. Widespread rashes always occur on matching (both) sides of the body.

All widespread rashes with fever need to be seen.  There are some serious infections that can cause this type of rash.



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)


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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