When to see a doctor....

When to see a doctor....


It is so difficult as a parent, to know when to see a doctor and when to wait.

Even as a paediatric nurse, when my own children are sick, I still find myself second guessing and playing mind games, definately not trusting my own judgement, and will end up ringing my paed nurse friend to ask advice because I have lost all perspective!

If your baby is under three months and has a fever above 38°C, you should see a Dr immediately, even if there are no other symptoms.

For all other children, take them to see a GP if their temperature is above 38°C and they have any of the following symptoms:

  • a stiff neck or light is hurting their eyes

  • vomiting and refusing to drink much

  • a rash

  • more sleepy than usual

  • problems with breathing

  • pain that doesn’t get better with pain relief medication.

  • have a fever above 40°C, but show no other symptoms

  • have had any fever for more than two days

  • seem be getting more unwell

  • have had a febrile convulsion.

Above everything, use your instinct, When I was a student nurse, we were told to always listen to the parents as they know the child better than anyone, and this has stuck with me through my whole career. A parent will see things that we could never recognise as abnormal.

So in a nutshell, if in doubt, take your child to see a doctor.

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Fever! in the mornin’ & fever all through the night….

Fever! in the mornin’ & fever all through the night….