Though a child with a fever can often throw a parent into a panic, a fever is actually a positive sign that a child’s body is fighting an infection. A fever does not necessarily indicate a severe level of illness, and is a symptom of illness just as common as a cough or sore throat.

Viral infections are the most common cause of a fever, and include the common cold, the flu virus, chicken pox, and respiratory infections. Bacterial infections are less common, but can include ear infections, strep throat and other sore throat conditions, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections.

Other, more serious, diseases are also associated with fevers, which is why any fever with the following symptoms should be treated by an urgent care doctor or pediatrician immediately:

  • An infant under two to three months old with a temperature at or above 100.4 F (38.1 degrees Celsius).
  • An infant that is three to six months old with a temperature at or above 101 F (38.3 degrees Celsius).
  • An infant 6 to 12 months old with a temperature at or above 103 F (39.4 degrees Celsius).
  • A child over 12 months old with a temperature at or above 103 F (39.4 degrees Celsius) that does not improve with home remedies and a fever reducer.
  • A fever accompanied by seizures.
  • A fever accompanied by a severe headache, stiff neck, and vomiting.

At Urgent Care LA, our doctors will assess your child’s fever, and determine whether the fever is due to a simple infection or a more serious disease. The doctors will tailor a treatment to address both the fever and the underlying cause of the fever.

This is not a substitute for a professional, on-site medical diagnosis. Visit your doctor or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.