Understanding Fever: Causes, Symptoms, and When to Worry

Grandville Pediatrics is staffed by Dr. Jeffrey Mantia, a skilled professional who's served the area for over 20 years. With a staff of experts who truly care about the Grandville and Western Michigan community, we can help with many conditions, such as your child's fever. Here's what you need to know about this concern — and how it impacts your kid.

Symptoms (That May Come and Go)

 Most of the time, a fever is probably nothing too serious. That said, it's important for Grandville parents to understand a few symptoms of this issue:

  • Chills and shivering 
  • Sweating
  • Body aches and headaches that make kids feel lethargic 
  • Irritability or even loss of appetite (paired with dehydration risks)
  • Flushed face 
  • Earaches (which could be indicated by pulling at the ear and crying)
  • Very high-pitched cries and moans
  • Low urine output (their diaper stays dry for hours)
  • Sudden decrease in appetite (going for hours without eating)

 As you might imagine, these symptoms will appear as your child's temperature changes. They might even disappear on their own. That said, you need to know when a more serious concern might be lingering.

Common Causes of Temperature Changes

 If your child's temperature suddenly increases, it can be a very scary. Don't panic! You need to keep it cool because there's a good chance it's something relatively minor: even a tummy ache. That said, there are some causes to worry about, including:

  • Flu or Cold
  • Coronavirus
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute URI
  • Mononucleosis
  • Strep Throat
  • Viral Gastroenteritis

Signs Something Is Wrong

 The diseases above are uncomfortable but not necessarily threatening. A visit with our team of experts can get their symptoms under control. However, you do need to worry if you notice problems like:

  • Temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • A temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit for more than a day 
  • Symptoms such as coughing or diarrhea
  • Seizures or other unexpected reactions

We're Here: Call Us Today for Help

 At Grandville Pediatrics, Dr. Mantia can provide caring treatment for your little one if they have a fever in Grandville, Wyoming, or Grand Rapids, MI. With diverse services and caring experts, we're here to help you. Call us at (616) 538-2410 to get help.