When To See a Pediatrician

Unfortunately, children often fall ill. This is due, in part, to the fact that a child’s immune system is still learning and hasn’t been exposed to as many microbes as the typical adult. Fortunately, if your child falls sick, you can schedule an appointment with a. doctor. If you live near Jacksonville, FL and need a pediatrician, visit Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics to speak with Dr. Alexandra Kostur and Dr. Roman Criollo.

Below, we’ll cover some tell-tale signs that it’s time to contact a doctor. However, instincts are powerful and if something is setting off your parental instincts, it’s better to be safe than sorry. With medical problems, time is often of the essence.

Colds That Won’t Clear Up

Many colds will clear up in a week or so and few will persist past two weeks. If your child’s cold doesn’t seem to be improving after several days, it’s smart to visit a pediatrician. Medication and other forms of treatment may be needed.

Fevers in Excess of 102.2 Degrees Fahrenheit

If your child’s fever has reached or exceeded 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit, you need to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician. Fevers are common and typically a sign that the child’s immune system is responding to whatever plagues them. However, high fevers are a threat.

With infants, it’s often recommended that you contact a doctor if their temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees F. Also, if the fever doesn’t start to clear up after 4 to 5 days, you should visit a pediatrician.

Worried about a fever? Residents of Jacksonville, FL who need to speak with a pediatrician can visit Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics to see Dr. Alexandra Kostur.

Severe Ear Pain

Unfortunately, earaches are among the most common conditions to affect a child. Worse yet, infections can cause lasting damage to sensitive parts of the ear. With that in mind, if your child has an ear infection, it’s smart to take them to the doctor for a check-up.

Stomach Bugs That Won’t Go Away

Stomach bugs are very common among kids. Probably every parent will have to deal with a child’s stomach bug at some point. If vomiting continues past 24 hours or you notice blood in their stool, it may be a serious stomach issue that needs to be addressed. Ditto for diarrhea that is not clearing up after several days.

Impaired Breathing

A child may be out of breath after running around at the park. This is normal. However, if your child is frequently struggling to catch his or her breath or seems to be struggling especially hard to take a breath, contact a doctor. Breathing issues should never be underestimated. Your child may be developing asthma, allergies, or another serious issue.

If you’re looking for a pediatrician near Jacksonville, FL, stop by Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics to speak with Dr. Alexandra Kostur or dial (904) 446-9991 to chat by phone.

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