Many parents struggle to decide whether they should take their child to the doctor or treat it at home. There are some issues that can be treated at home. However, there are several signs that indicate you will need to take your child to a pediatric urgent care.
Fevers can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. However, it is important to note that a fever is not always a bad thing. In fact, a fever is a sign that your child’s immune system is working the way that it should. If your child’s fever is over 102° or has persisted for several days*, then it is time for you to take your child to the doctor.
* Infants with a temperature over 102.2° should be taken to the Emergency Room immediately.
Strep throat is one of the most common illnesses in children, but can lead to complications if left untreated. Not every sore throat is caused by Strep, so you may want to bring your little one to the doctor when you’re unsure. When caught in time, Strep is typically treated with a normal course of antibiotics.
As its name implies, the common cold isn’t usually much to worry about. As a virus, there is actually very little parents can do other than make their child comfortable at home. If symptoms don’t get better within a few days, or your child is under three months old, it’s time to see the doctor.
In most cases, doctors will tell patients to let the flu run its course. However, if your child cannot keep fluids down, or has a high and/or persistent temperature (see above), it may be time to take him/her to the doctor.
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