Your body temperature naturally fluctuates because of factors such as physical
activity, medications, and room temperature. In general, a fever in an
adult might be defined as a temperature above 99 or 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you’re taking a child’s rectal temperature, he or she has
a fever if it is at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Usually, a fever
can be treated at home and does not require emergency care. If you do
suspect that a fever indicates a serious medical condition, you can rely on the
emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.
Supporting Your Immune System
If you have a mild fever and do not experience additional, serious symptoms,
you might consider resting at home. Unless a doctor has instructed you
otherwise, you could take an over-the-counter fever reducer such as acetaminophen
or ibuprofen. Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods when you
Treating a Fever in a Child
Resting and drinking fluids is also important for children with fevers.
A pediatrician might recommend
giving your child an oral rehydrating solution. If your child is an infant, it’s a good idea to call the doctor
even if the fever seems mild and you do not notice any other symptoms.
It’s always a good idea to check with a doctor before giving any
medications to a child. Generally, pediatricians recommend using acetaminophen
formulated for use in a child. Never give a child aspirin; however, ibuprofen
is generally acceptable for use in children ages six months and older.
Knowing When a Fever Is an Emergency
A fever by itself is not usually an emergency unless it is a high fever,
does not respond to medications, or lasts longer than three days. However,
if the fever is accompanied by other symptoms, emergency care may be indicated.
These symptoms can include shortness of breath, stiff neck, and severe
headache. Children with stomach pain and a fever should see a doctor,
along with those who appear atypically lethargic, have problems swallowing,
or have a bluish tint to the skin, lips, or nails.
If you think a fever could be a medical emergency, you can seek emergency
care at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our community hospital in
Las Vegas maintains short ER wait times. For more information about our
healthcare services, including stroke care and heart care, call (702)
233-5300 or visit our website.