Most fevers can be managed and monitored at home with a few exceptions that need to be evaluated by the ER.
- Fever over 100.4 in a newborn under 12 weeks of age.
- Fever over 104 and not reducing w/ fever reducing measures indicated in links below.
- Fever with other symptoms of lethargy, severe vomiting, or dehydration. See links below for more guidance.
Read the following links to determine if you need to take your child in to Urgent Care or ER to be seen urgently:
Post Viral Rashes
Many viral infections can cause skin rashes, and they can vary in appearance and severity. Rashes may develop as the immune system responds to the infection and most will go away on their own. Some common viral infections associated with rashes in children include:
- Roseola: This viral infection, often seen in young children, is caused by human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6). It typically starts with a high fever that lasts several days, followed by the appearance of a pinkish-red rash.
- Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD): Caused by various enteroviruses, HFMD can cause a rash with small, blister-like sores on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks.
It is not uncommon to see eczema flares after viral infections like the flu or common cold.
If the rash is associated with other concerning symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or persistent fever, seek medical attention at your closest Urgent Care or ER