An elevated temperature means more than just a hot child in many cases. Often, a fever is a strong indicator that something’s not right within your child’s body, and as a parent, you want nothing more than to find the problem and make it better. The Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care team is your partner in this process. You can get a fast diagnosis and effective treatment, no appointment needed. If you’re in the Rockville, Maryland, area, bring your child in for help or get in touch online or by phone.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a digital thermometer. You can take your child's temperature in three different ways:
Rectal and oral readings are most accurate. For babies and toddlers younger than 3, a rectal reading is best. Once your child is 4-5, they're usually old enough to get a reliable oral temperature.
The normal temperature for a healthy child is 97-100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. In most cases, any temperature over 100.4 is a possible fever, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics.
The younger that your child is, the more serious that an elevated temperature can be. If your child’s under 3 months old, see the doctor as soon as their temperature breaks 100.4.
If your child’s under 2 years old and their fever lasts for over 24 hours, see the doctor. For children over the age of 2, see the doctor if they’ve had the temperature for more than 72 hours.
In some cases, it may be OK to administer a temperature-reducing medication like Tylenol at home instead of going to the doctor right away. This may often be the case for slight fevers in school-age children.
However, every child is unique and it's always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to your child's health and wellness. Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care recommends that you call the team for guidance if you're unsure about whether to bring your child in.
Not necessarily. Sometimes, a fever can result from non-contagious conditions like dehydration or, rarely, allergic reactions. With that said, a fever is quite often connected to a contagious infection and therefore it's best to see the doctor for treatment as soon as possible. If your child has a fever, it's best to stay home, avoiding daycare or school, until they see the doctor.
Don't fool around when your child develops a fever. Contact your experienced pediatric care team at Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care for advice. Use the online tool or call the office to get in touch.