Story by: Justin M. Morgan, M.D., FAAP on September 4, 2020
¿Cuándo es la gripe o el COVID-19 una emergencia para los niños?
It’s 2 a.m. and your child has a high fever. The signs of the flu are there, or is it COVID-19?
At that point, a parent’s thoughts can race: “Should I call the pediatrician or go to the emergency department?”
Take an inventory of what your child looks like and how they are acting based on the list below. Depending on how your child is doing, a visit to the pediatrician’s office or an immediate care center may be appropriate. If unsure, always call your child’s pediatrician, no matter what time it is, even if the office is closed. After-hours calls are managed by specially trained registered nurses who can help you make decisions on how to manage your child’s care.
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Go to an emergency department if your child has any of these emergency warning signs of the flu or severe COVID-19:
Reminder: Never ignore any fever (100.4 F or greater) in a baby who is less than 3 months of age. Call your pediatrician or go to the emergency department immediately.
Justin M. Morgan, M.D., FAAP, is a pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Brownsboro.