FEVER

Adults typically know how to handle their own fevers, but when a child has a high fever, the unknowns can be worrisome.

The average adult has about 2 to 3 colds per year while the average child has 5 to 10 viral infections per year. Because children’s immune systems aren’t fully developed, they are more likely to catch colds and infections. And when your body is fighting an infection, it leads to fevers. Children typically get higher fevers than adults. Their fevers also set in faster because of the biochemical interaction that takes advantage of inexperienced immune systems. The increase in body temperature is the body’s response to an infection which can actually support your immune system's attempt at combating infectious agents and makes your body less conducive to replicating temperature-sensitive viruses and bacteria. But this natural process can be frightening, especially when your child has a severe reaction and may need emergency care.

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If you or your family member has a fever accompanied by abnormal pain, weakness, lethargy, or an inability to eat or drink, you can be evaluated and treated right away at Hospitality Health ER by experienced ER doctors in our Longview or Tyler emergency room.

Besides having antibiotics, IV fluids, pain medications, and methods to address the effects of fever or infection, we have a supportive staff that is attentive to your needs.

If the fever doesn’t come down after we administer medications, we will continue working to find the reason for the fever, provide antibiotics if necessary, and ensure the patient is feeling better before they leave.

Don’t just judge by the temperature. If you or your child is struggling with severe fever symptoms, seek medical attention. Hospitality Health ER encourages patients to watch for other symptoms that may accompany a fever besides their temperature. A high fever does not always indicate a severe illness. Pay attention to the level of discomfort or any abnormal signals that may accompany the fever. When in doubt, it’s always best to seek medical attention. Sometimes fevers can climb too high for the body’s own good. Internal body temperatures reaching above 105 degrees can throw off how proteins and body fats function in the body. Severe, long-lasting fevers can lead to cellular stress, infarctions, necrosis, seizures and delirium.

Children with fevers account for as many as 20 percent of pediatric emergency department visits.The underlying disorders in these cases range from mild conditions to the most serious of bacterial and viral illnesses. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether a child needs emergency care or not. Some children can have a temperature of 103 degrees and show no signs of significant distress. Besides monitoring for temperature, it’s best to also monitor your child for discomfort or any abnormal signals that accompany a fever. Ask your child how they feel, what’s bothering them, or what hurts. If they are unable to talk or respond, get them to an emergency room immediately. For infants and babies that are unable to communicate how they’re feeling, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. If their temperature is 100 degrees or more for an infant, or 101 degrees or more for a baby 3-6 months, take them in to see a doctor. And no matter what the age, see a doctor right away if your child has any of the following symptoms:

  • Temperature of 104 degrees or higher
  • Dehydration
  • Pain when urinating
  • Seizures
  • Fever after traveling abroad
  • Inability or lack of desire to eat or drink
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • An unusual rash or stiff neck

A fever that was mild or moderate during the day can easily spike during sleep because our body temperature naturally rises in the evening. If a spike occurs, take your child’s temperature and adhere to the monitoring guidelines above.

Check with your doctor to see if you can give your child a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. You can also give them a room-temperature bath or use a cool, damp washcloth on their forehead while they rest. Make sure your child stays hydrated by offering them some water (or formula or breast milk if you have a baby) throughout the day.