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Fever and the ER – When Should You Visit an Aurora Emergency Room?

Fever is common and can normally be treated easily with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications. There are occasions, however, when your body may be trying to tell you that something more serious is wrong. Below are some tips to help you navigate adult and baby fever so that you know if a trip to the nearest Aurora emergency room is necessary. 

Ultimately, however, you know yourself and your child better than anyone; if you are concerned that something is wrong, it is always safest to visit the ER for an expert opinion. 

When to go to the ER for a fever – symptoms and situations 

Fever in infants

If your child is younger than 90 days old, emergency care should be sought out if he or she has a fever above 100.4 degrees F, or if the child’s fever is accompanied by any of the following symptoms: 

  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty waking up to feed
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Non-stop crying/inconsolable 

Baby fever

If your child is between the ages of 90 days and 36 months old, you should visit an emergency room near you if the fever temperature is above 102.2 degrees F, or if the child’s fever is accompanied by any of the following symptoms: 

  • Rash
  • Unable to keep fluids down
  • Difficulty waking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Not urinating
  • Not immunized
  • Non-stop crying/inconsolable 

Fever in children

If your child is older than 36 months and has maintained a fever temperature of 102 degrees F for more than two days, or if the fever is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should visit the ER: 

  • Rash
  • Unable to keep fluids down
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Not urinating/burning while urinating
  • Stiff neck
  • Abdominal pain
  • Generally does not look well 

Adult fever 

You should seek emergency treatment If you or a loved one has had a fever for more than two days or if the fever is accompanied by any of the following symptoms: 

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing 

Additionally, if you have either of following conditions visit an ER immediately. 

  • Compromised immune system
  • Recent chemotherapy 

If you or a loved one of any age registers a fever temperature of over 104 degrees F, visit your nearest ER immediately. 

Aurora emergency room care, close to home

The Medical Center of Aurora is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for your fever concerns. With an Aurora ER that houses a Level II trauma center, stroke center and cardiac center of excellence, we can care for the most serious of health issues. And with a staff comprised of board-certified emergency physicians and certified emergency nurses, you are certain to find the best possible emergency care close to home.