When to take a 5 year old to the emergency room

Jade - posted on 05/20/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old came home, he's got a dry cough and I just took his temp twice it was 101.9 and 102.1. Just gave him children's Advil and he's drinking ice water. At what temperature would you bring a 5 year old to the E.R. ? Or should I call his pediatrician in the morning ?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/20/2013

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Probably 103.5 and climbing. My son had heat stroke one year, it was so scary. He got above 105. The reason we took him in was because he could not keep down the motrin. If he was able to, it would have greatly reduce his fever. What did they do when he got to the hospital? Gave him motrin. What did he do? Threw it up. So they gave it again. *shrugs*.

Keep the motrin going, and take his temp in an hour. If it keeps rising even after medication and cold water, take him in. Also, a cool wash cloth to the forehead, hands, chest and back of the neck can really help cool him down. I would not be to freaked out about that fever, unless it keeps climbing after all you do. Also Popsicle are a great way to cool them down and keep them hydrated.

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Michelle - posted on 05/23/2013

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Also to add...

I realize this post is 3 days old, so I'm adding this for other people who stumble upon it in the future wanting advice...

UTI's and ear infections often cause a high fever without many other symptoms. Doctors often forget to consider UTI's. Bring it up if you end up going somewhere, and you probably should go somewhere if a fever is recurring and higher than 101 because that's usually a sign of bacterial infection requiring an antibiotic.

Michelle - posted on 05/23/2013

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I would go to a walk in clinic when it's convenient. He may need antibiotics. I think most of them in my area won't see a kid with a fever above 103, and that's the temp if one of my kids hits it, it's an ER trip.

Rebekah - posted on 05/21/2013

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It might be good to get your pediatrician's general guideline about when to bring kids into the ER, even if your son is doing better (just for future reference...then if fever becomes an issue again at some point and its after office hours, you'll have that guide in mind).
My pediatrician says if the temp goes over 104, that warrants an ER visit. Certainly, if its below that but there are other signs of concern (difficulty breathing, etc), it may also require an immediate visit. Our dr has an after hours help line where parents can call and give symptoms...a nurse is on the line to help sort out the symptoms and make a recommendation whether to treat at home, or to head for the ER. I love that service. I've used it several times. If your dr doesn't have that, like I said above...get a general outline now what would constitute an emergency so you have some idea what to look for.
Glad your boy is doing better!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/20/2013

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Congratulations on your bub to be! Hopefully you deliver before the weather gets to hot!

Jade - posted on 05/20/2013

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Wow, yea beaches are tough, just being outside in general- kids are never good about staying hydrated if you're not all over them when they're having fun. I've had a heat stroke before myself & it's a very scary thing.
Thank you- Yea, I didn't take his temp for a little while because his head was hot but I didn't know to what extent, I'm 9 1/2 months pregnant so I was hot too, just figured it seemed worse cuz of the 80 degree weather- I was shocked when I did. So as soon as my husband came home we put it in & all seems better now.
Thanks for your helpful and kind words! You're a great momma too ♥ Sometimes during a thing like this when you're just overly nervous you just need to talk to another mom!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/20/2013

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He got heat stroke from being at the beach all day with his really black hair soaking in the sun and not getting in the water to cool down.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/20/2013

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That is awesome! I am so glad it went down. Fevers are so scary. And yeah i was freaked out of my mind. The scariest part, I didn't know it was that high. He went to bed normal, and woke us up. I went in to lay down with him and he was really fidgety and winey. I went to hug him and he was burning up! I was half asleep when I went in with him, and honestly did not notice a thing. Then I took his temp....it was so scary. He was 4 years old at the time, and my newborn was fast asleep. My husband took him in after repeated attempts of trying to get the temp down, and just watching it climb. There was only one other time I was ever so scared with him. Especially since I could have missed it and just have fallen asleep right next to him. You are a good momma...keep up the good work!

Jade - posted on 05/20/2013

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Thank you so much! we waited for a little while for the medicine to kick in, and it's already going down. Down to 99.9 after just a 1/2 hour, he had about 4 pops since we've been home from school! Thanks for answering! I can only imagine how scared you were! And I told my husband that, he wanted to go right to the hospital, but I said we need to give it time because all they will do is give him motrin! But I am glad it's already working. We also put the AC on to cool the room down a bit.. Thanks again & I hope you never go through that again!

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