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
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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