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A 32-year-old female asked:

My 7 year old has a fever of 39.0 c should i take her to the hospital.?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Other symptoms?: Fever is over-rated as an indicator of seriousness.A kid with a 39c temp, who is taking fluids well enough to void every 6-8 hours is at low risk for dehydration. If aleart and aware, with mild increase in heart rate and breathing, you may do well to wait until a regular doc is available.If excessively sleepy, refusing fluids, or showing other symptoms suggestive of big problems go now.
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Dr. Marina Armendariz
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Symptoms: What else is going on? Is she vomiting? Is she lethargic? Does she have a headache? If any of these are also present, then yes.
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Fever can be good!: Fever is common with many infections because it is the body's defense system. Many people fear fever unnecessarily. It only needs to be brought down if it makes a person uncomfortable, otherwise let the body fight off the infection! the temperature doesn't tell how sick the child is. Look at hydration, work of breathing, level of pain, & mental status. If these are concerning, she should be seen.
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Dr. John Kelley
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Fever: The more important question is what other symptoms does your child have.? Fever is just a symptom of an illness. There is rarely, very rarely a reason to take a child to an emergency room for a fever. You should call your child's primary care provider for further advice about the specifics of your child's illness.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

I'm worried because my 7 year old has a fever, what do you suggest?

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Dr. Eric Goldstein
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Fever: Fever represents the bodies response to infection. Though most pediatric fever are due to viruses, and must run their course, some are due to bacteria that may be susceptible to antibiotics. If he seems otherwise well, you can wait a day or two and see if the fever resolves. If he is not well, or the fever persists beyond a couple of days, you should see your pediatrician.
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Last updated Dec 30, 2016

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