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When to Take Your Child to the ER for a Fever

When Should I Take My Child to the ER for a Fever?

Child's Fever

Mild fever is generally easy to treat at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications. However, sometimes fever is an indicator of a more serious infection. See below to help determine whether you need to seek emergency care for yourself or your child. If your child has a fever, it is best to call your pediatrician first before heading to the ER. However, if your pediatrician is unavailable, here are some general guidelines for when to go to the ER.

Newborns and Infants Younger than 3 Months

If your baby is less than 3 months old, visit the ER for a temperature above 100.4 degrees. You should also seek emergency care if your baby’s fever is accompanied by these symptoms:

  • Difficulty waking up to be fed
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Inconsolable or non-stop crying

Babies and Toddlers 3 Months to 3 Years

For babies and toddlers between 3 months and 3 years, visit the ER for a temperature above 102.2 degrees, or if the child is displaying these symptoms:

  • Difficulty waking up
  • Not urinating
  • Unable to keep fluids down
  • Inconsolable
  • Not up to date on immunizations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rash

Children Age 3 and Older

If your child is 3 or older, visit the ER for a temperature above 102 degrees for two or more days. You should also seek emergency care if the fever is accompanied by any of these symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Unable to keep fluids down
  • Burning during urination or does not urinate
  • Rash
  • Stiff neck
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Not up to date on immunizations

The Medical Center of Aurora offers 3 ER locations:

All locations are open 24/7 and are staffed by board-certified emergency physicians and experienced nurses. Please see the map below for locations, addresses, and phone numbers.