Fever

Fevers in
Children

Whether your child’s fever is caused by an ear infection, strep throat, pneumonia, a sinus infection, urinary tract infection, or viral illness, the pediatric professionals at MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care are available seven days a week to diagnose and treat it. Parents in Tarzana, Los Angeles, can bring their children of any age to the clinic, if they need or want help treating and caring for a fever.

Fever Q & A

My child has a fever. Should I go to a pediatric urgent care?

Fevers can be tricky in children. Children commonly get fevers when their bodies are working to fight off an illness or infection. But in certain situations, a fever is a sign that you should take your child to see a pediatrician. Bring your child to MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care if their fever:

  • Is 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Does not go away after 72 hours (or 24 hours for children under two)
  • Is accompanied by other symptoms (sore throat, ear pain, rash, or severe headache)
  • Is accompanied by changes to their behavior (they seem very sick, upset, or unresponsive)

For infants, you should see a doctor if a baby under 3 months old has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

To take your child’s temperature, the team at MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care recommends using a digital thermometer. For infants, a rectal temperature is the best method as it provides the most accurate readings. If you’re uncomfortable taking your baby’s temperature rectally, you can bring them into MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care for assistance and instruction.

What types of illnesses with fevers do you treat?

In children, fever can be a sign of the following illnesses that are treated at MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care:

  • Ear infections
  • Strep throat
  • Pneumonia
  • Sinus infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Viral illnesses
How will you treat my child’s fever?

A treatment plan is developed based on the cause of your child’s fever. Many illnesses that include fever as a symptom can be treated with antibiotics, but some may require other treatments as well. Viral illnesses are not treated with antibiotics, however. Our goal is always to treat the underlying cause of the fever and to provide comfort for your child as their body heals.

If you would like your child to be seen immediately for fever care, you can walk into our urgent care facilities seven days a week.