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Fever In Children When To Call Doctor
2 yrs old with fever of 102 with pain in the stomach and legs. Do we go to the ER or wait to see her reg. Pediatric?
Yes: You should inform your pediatrician that you are going to the ER with your child. I always ask parents of my patients to let me know if they are going to an ER so I can call ahead and alert the ER doctor on call that one of my patients are coming in and what I know about the issue/case. Most ERs have protocols to send notes/info about the visit to your pediatrician after you leave. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dehydration: Less than 5 wet diapers in 24 hours in a baby or if not urinating at all in 12 hours in an older child is suggestive of dehydration, which children do not tolerate well. If oral rehydration with an electrolyte solution does not increase urination frequency shortly, emergent evaluation by you physician or an emergency facility is in order. ...Read more
No too high: Fever is a way of your body to fight infection. Some illnesses cause high fever and some children tend to run high fevers. Usually there is no danger in just the fever. The concern is about the underlying illness that caused the fever. Fever makes them more uncomfortable but does not hurt them. Treat the fever to make them more comfortable and call your pediatrician for further instructions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a hospital or doctor obligated to call or notify you if they discover something in the blood they take when you visit?
Yes: You should be informed of all findings. ...Read more
Why are the schools saying that if your child gets a fever not to treat with a fever reducer medication?
Fever helps..: The body to fight illness. That's why we get a fever...Because the immune system works better with a fever. That said, fever makes you feel awful, so i still use fever reducers just to feel better. I'd rather have several days of semi-misery, rather than one day less of horrible misery. Why is your school giving medical advice? ...Read more
A hospital gown. : Bring a nursing bra, nightie, robe, slippers, onesie, booties, cap & blanket. If all goes well, you'll be outta there quicker than you think. If you have a C-section, you won't care. Don't use any stuffed animals or other furry things that other people bring you for baby & don't put them in the bassinet. They're great carriers of germs. Wait till you get home & someone washes them for you. ...Read more
100.4F or 38C: Babies younger than 2 months manifest signs and symptoms of serious infections (sepsis) in a more subtle fashion than older children. It is important to take your young infant to the doctor if he or she is feeding poorly, is sleepier than usual (lethargic) has an unusual rash, or has an elevated temp – even if that is the only symptom. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My 5 year old has severe pneumonia. When should I go to a hospital? The medicine that our pediatrician has prescribed doesn't seem to be working, and my son seems to be getting worse. At what point in the symptoms should I take him to the hospital?
Now: If your child not getting better on medications and as you say getting worse you may need to seen by physician again. May need change of medication or if warranted repeat radiography. Advise taking the child back to pediatrician or to er based i his current conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They auspect due to my 8 year olds pain he has appendicitis. He goes today after school for ultrasound. Should I have his bags packed for a horpital stay? Not sure if they schedule these surgeries or will they send him directly to the hospital?
Ok, my son is almost 4. We generally don't go to the doctor for colds, stomach viruses, etc. Does he need to go before school?
Required by many: In theory you could live like they did in the 17-1800's and never bother with checkups. In doing so you can miss treatable issues that may remain hidden until they are major.You can also miss simple issues like hearing and visiion problems that will impair school performance.Some schools require confirmation that your child is school ready,has required shots and is not carying contageous disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: What are the "other symptoms"? They may well be just as important if not more than a fever. If you have a fever over 103 that does not abate with anti-pyretics (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen) then a visit to the er may be justified. Until then stay hydrated, as fever will dehydrate you quickly. ...Read more
Do you think I should take my child who has a 104.3 temperature, I gave him Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Benadryl to the ER which is closer or PEDIATRICIAN?
If newborn baby is projectile vomiting, should we go to the ER, or can we wait for the Dr's appointment we have for the next day?
Toddler w/ tubes. Go Feb to have them taken out. She has what pediatrician called a severe infection in right ear. Ped wants us to call ENT. Why?
Assessment: If she still has a severe infection in the right ear, your pediatrician may want an assessment before the tubes are pulled. If the infection is coming from the middle ear, the tube is enabling drainage. It is also possible the infection/ reaction may be related to the tube which is a foreign body. All the best and I hope her ears improve. ...Read more
My roommate is vomiting up blood and she is refusing to go to the ER should I call an ambulance behind her back ? Or just leave it
Leave it: Unless your friend is deemed incompetent she has the right to refuse any medical treatment. If you observe her to lose consciousness then you can call an ambulance on the assumption that a reasonable person would wish treatment under those circumstances. If she were to regain consciousness she could continue to refuse treatment however. You should encourage her to seek treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend has a child, but smokes weed sometimes. If he goes to doctor to get bloodwork and tests pos for weed, would the doc call children services?
Cannot happen : No doctor in their right mind, will test patients for marijuana without a consent of the patient. Violation of patients rights. If you are tested for pot by a potential employer even then they must inform you first. However if a parent asks the doctor to test a minor for drug use they may not need your consent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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