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When Do You Call the Pediatrician?

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Most parents worry whether it's time to make that late night call ... or not. Dr. Cara Natterson has your guide to determining whether to pick up the phone after hours.

Remember, it may take 5 or 10 minutes (sometimes longer) to get the doctor on the phone. If you ever feel like your child is in so much distress that you cannot wait a few minutes, call 911.






FEVER: Call if your child is... and has a fever...
Under 6 weeks old.......................100.5F and over (rectal)
Older infants and children..........105F or unable to bring it down with fever reducers

BREATHING: Call if your child is wheezing or having difficulty breathing, except if your child has asthma and you are comfortable with managing it on your own.

RASH: Call if your child has a rapidly-spreading rash or an area on the skin that is markedly red, hot, and tender.

VOMITING: Call if your child is vomiting repeatedly and cannot keep anything down.

BEHAVIOR: Call if your child is delirious, slurring speech, or showing any other dramatic behavior changes.

HEAD TRAUMA: CALL IF yOUR CHILD HIT HIS HEAD AND THEN...
• passed out immediately
• vomits within the first 6-12 hours after the injury
• starts acting unusual within the first 6-12 hours after the injury


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