When to Seek Medical Care for Children and Teenagers

See a doctor any time you feel uncomfortable about how your child is looking or acting.

See a doctor if your child has: Go to the emergency room if your child is:
  • Fever of 100.4º F (38º C) or higher.
  • Age three months or younger with temperature of 100.4ºF (38º C) or higher.
  • Hoarse cry, or a barking cough or is pulling on his/her ears.
  • Breathing with difficulty (wheezing, noisy, too fast/too slow, pulling muscles between ribs when breathing).
  • Decreased eating and drinking.
  • Not eating or drinking.
  • History of heart or lung disease that requires medical care.
  • Showing symptoms such as pale or blue lips, hands or feet, cold legs.
  • History of disease or treatment that weakens the immune system.
  • Having continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • Prolonged crying and cannot be calmed.
  • Not urinating – for babies, no wet diaper in 8 hours.
  • Decreased activity, no interest in playing.
  • Sleeping more than normal, difficult to arouse, confused, unresponsive.
  • Combination of fever with sore throat, headache, stomach ache, earache.
  • Having seizures.
  • A medical condition that requires taking aspirin regularly.
  • Showing signs of pain including headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light.


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