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At what degree shouldd I take my daughter to the hospitol by?

At what degree shouldd I take my daughter to the hospitol by?

NO NUMBER: More important: how is she acting? --is she lethargic ( weak, limp) (sign of serious infection) --is she short of breath? (sign of pneumonia) --is she in pain (sign of appendicitis ...) --is she vomiting (getting dehydrated) these are what we are looking for not the height of a fever a lethargic child with a 101 temp is more serious than a child still playing with 103 temp. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter has a 103 degree fever. Should i take her to the er? We are on vacation, flying home tomorrow.

My 2 year old daughter has a 103 degree fever.  Should i take her to the er?  We are on vacation, flying home tomorrow.

Depends: On other symptoms than fever. Vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, or shortness of breath , or or strange rash or mental status changes would suggest sooner rather than later. If she is still mentally alert, drinking fluids, and "not looking toxic" you could treat the fever with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen or tepid sponge baths to lower the temp. Or try to call your doctor back home and get his/her advice. ...Read more

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Daughter has a fever 101.4 degrees. And threw up. Do I take her to the ER or pediatrician? She seems fine otherwise. She's 12 months old. Weighs about 20 pounds. She threw up last night as well. She's eating a bit as well as playing but clingy

Daughter has a fever 101.4 degrees. And threw up. Do I take her to the ER or pediatrician? She seems fine otherwise.  She's 12 months old. Weighs about 20 pounds. She threw up last night as well. She's eating a bit as well as playing but clingy

Watch and see: Give her some tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen and a wash down with a washcloth soaked in lukewarm water. Fever should be down in 30 minutes or less. I will be here for the next 2 and a half hours. Let me know how it goes or log in for a consult. Also give her pedialyte to keep her fluids going. If she is vomiting fluids, you need to take her to the ER. ...Read more

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My daughter hand have a 2nd degree burn from a exploding firework. How long might she take to get over the trauma of the burn?

My daughter hand have a 2nd degree burn from a exploding firework. How long might she take to get over the trauma of the burn?

Days to weeks: It all depends on the depth of the burn and the type of wound care carried out. Wash with soap and water and apply antibiotic ointment to the open areas and keep covered. Don't let it dry out. If the burn wound is deeper see a wound care specialist. I assume your daughters tetanus immunization is up to date. ...Read more

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Help, at what temperature should I take my daughter to the hospital?

Help, at what temperature should I take my daughter to the hospital?

Other symptoms?: Fever is over-rated as an indicator of seriousness.A kid with a 103f temp, who is taking fluids well enough to void every 6-8 hours is at low risk for dehydration. If alert 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 sx suggestive of big problems go now. ...Read more

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Should i take my daughter to the hospital to treat her dizziness?

Should i take my daughter to the hospital to treat her dizziness?

Yes: In hosp. A ct first and if a suggestive image is obtained then a MRI of cervical /dorsal spine, also anheent shoult evaluate her for a cause of vertigo. ...Read more

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What age should I take my daughter to the dentist? She 9months now and has four teeth.

What age should I take my daughter to the dentist? She 9months now and has four teeth.

Between 1-3 years: Go whenever you can find a pediatric or family dentist who will see her at her age. Do watch and clean those teeth gently. Make sure she doesn't sleep with a bottle. The pediatrician can sometimes paint teeth with Fluoride to protect them if you can't get a dentist to see her. Vitamin + Fluoride drops can be used if needed. Even though she'll lose the baby teeth, they're still important for now! ...Read more

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