When to go to the Emergency Room with your child
- Skin colour: Is your child’s skin colour paler than normal?
- Hydration: Does your child have a dry mouth (i.e. no saliva in his mouth)? Does your child have no tears when he cries? Is your child urinating less frequently?
- Breathing: Does your child have difficulty breathing? Have there been changes in your child’s breathing patterns?
- Reactions: Does your child show signs of listlessness, tiredness and/or irritability?
- Has there been a change in the way your child responds to you? Has there been a change in your child’s response to noise and/or visual stimulation?
If your child has a fever:
- is less than three months old and has a fever.
- has a fever for more than 48-72 hours.
- is excessively cranky, fussy or irritable.
- is excessively sleepy, lacking energy or does not respond.
- is continually wheezing or having difficulty breathing.
There are two types of medications recommended when your child has fever. These medications are used to relieve the aches and pains associated with fever and are not an absolute requirement.
1. Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol® or Tempra®)