When to call the doctor for a fever

This morning I gave a talk on ear infections and fevers for Momstown Ottawa’s Baby Basics group. They had lots of great questions so I thought I’d share some of the key points of the presentation.

Below is a summary of signs and symptoms that go along with a fever and would indicate the need to take your child to the doctor:

Symptom list:

  • Your child appears lethargic, listless and unresponsive to stimuli
  • Excessive sleepiness or you cannot wake your child
  • Extreme irritability that cannot be consoled
  • Stiffness in the neck or neck pain
  • Difficulty breathing and wheezing
  • Decreased urine output
  • If your child just doesn’t seem right to you, use your mother’s intuition!

Fever is the body’s natural response to an infection and the high temperature kills bacteria and viruses.  The high temperature also mobilizes immune system cells to help the body fight off the infection. If the fever is accompanied by the above list of symptoms call your doctor right away.

If your child has a fever with mild cold and flu symptoms allow the fever to run its course and keep your child as comfortable as possible.  If your child is too uncomfortable you can always try the magic socks treatment for lowering a fever naturally.

About drellensimonend
Dr. Simone strongly believes that the mind and body are connected to your overall health and wellness. As a primary health care provider, her practice provides ongoing support throughout your healing journey. Her role as your Naturopathic Doctor is to assist you in discovering your needs, support you in personal growth and help you reach your health and wellness goals. With the belief that happiness and balance is possible for everyone, Dr. Simone strives to help her patients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She has experience with reproductive health, working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children have also been a primary focus in Dr. Simone’s life in both her professional role as a naturopath and in her volunteer work. She believes that setting healthy habits at a young age can be critical for long-term health and wellness.

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