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A 41-year-old member asked:

Should i take my 5 year old child to the emergency room if her temperature is 101.5 degrees?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Other symptoms are ?: The average 5 yo will go thru 5-7 viral respiratory & GI illnesses per year, many of which will generate fever upwards of 102-103.It is a normal response to illness & doesn't signal severity of a problem.If the kid is playful, taking fluids well & has no scary complaints, the best person to evaluate the child is your regular dr. If quiet, refusing fluids, in obvious pain or showing scary sx go.
Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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