Younger children are more prone to being sick as their immune systems are still developing and are being exposed to new bacteria and germs each day. As they interact at school and out on the playgrounds, they may come in contact with other children who are sick. The first sign that your child is feeling under the weather is typically a fever. Especially with newborn children, many parents will develop “fever phobia” and freak out when their child’s body temperature begins to rise. While this can be a scary incident, it is important to stay calm keep level headed.
Why do we get Fevers?
Many parents have the idea that a fever is really dangerous, but this is not always the case. A fever indicates that your child’s immune system is working properly fighting off a cold or other infections. The brain triggers an increase in your body temperature, which in turn release white blood cells to fight off any bacteria or invading germs.
When it comes to infants, a body temperature reaching into the triple digits warrants a call to your primary doctor and a visit to a quick care facility. Infants immune systems have not fully developed and is vulnerable to potential life-threatening illnesses and an elevated body temperature may be the only indication.
Visiting an Urgent Care Facility
A fever is a signal by the body that something is wrong, so be on the lookout for any other symptoms. A fever paired with other symptoms will often point to one type of illness. For example if your child also show symptoms of a runny nose it could mean a cold, but if they are vomiting or have diarrhea it could be a stomach virus. Whatever the case, it is a good idea to visit your local urgent care facility. They will be able to diagnose your child and provide recommended treatment to getting them better as soon as possible.
At Las Vegas Urgent Care, our number one priority is our patients. When you bring your children in to see one of our urgent care physicians, they will take the time to properly diagnose and treat any illnesses that may be present. We know that illnesses rarely occur when it is convenient and you don’t want to spend hours waiting to see a physician. Schedule a same-day appointment with our certified physicians using our quick pass and get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.