Integrated Healthcare Medical Group Inc. -  - Primary Care Physician

Integrated Healthcare Medical Group Inc.

Primary Care Physicians & Pediatricians located in Redondo Beach, CA & Westwood, Los Angeles, CA

High Fever Specialist

Fevers in children can be frightening, especially for new parents caring for their first child. At Integrated Healthcare Medical Group in Redondo Beach and Westwood, California, Dr. Benjamin Rubinstein offers comprehensive diagnostics to determine the cause of a fever and ensure your child is treated promptly and properly. While high fevers can be cause for a concern, you’re in good hands with Dr. Rubinstein, a skilled and compassionate pediatrician. Book an appointment online or by phone to learn more about treating high fevers in children.
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High Fever Q & A

What causes a fever?

A fever is your body’s way of telling you that your immune system is trying to fight off the presence of illness or infection. Young children can also develop fevers in response to immunizations.

In many cases, you can successfully treat fevers at home. However, persistent or high fevers can indicate that something more serious is wrong.

How do I take my child’s temperature?

It’s important to have a reliable thermometer in your home medical kit to accurately diagnose a fever. You can take your child’s temperature in one of three ways:

  • Orally
  • Rectally
  • Under the arm

Your child’s temperature alone doesn’t indicate their degree of illness, as many common colds can trigger a high fever.

When should I see the doctor about my baby’s fever?

Any temperature reading in a child over 100.4° F is considered a fever. While normal body temperature does vary throughout the day, the standard body temperature is 98.6° F.
You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Rubinstein as soon as possible if:

  • Your child is less than 3 months old
  • The fever lasts more than five days
  • Your child’s fever is above 104° F
  • Your child is not acting normally
  • Your child recently received immunizations

If you’re caring for an infant who has any fever, with or without other symptoms, you should report your concerns to Dr. Rubinstein for a closer evaluation and your own peace of mind.

Significantly high fevers, if left untreated, can lead to serious medical complications, including seizures and organ damage.

What treatments are available for a fever?

Dr. Rubinstein may recommend over-the-counter medications, including ibuprofen and acetaminophen, to reduce the fever. He provides the proper dosing instructions based on your child’s age and weight to prevent overdose.

At home, you can keep your child comfortable by dressing them in lightweight clothing and giving them cool sponge baths.

Be sure to provide your child with plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, a common side effect of fevers in children, especially when vomiting or diarrhea is also present. Water, juices, frozen ice pops, and soups are ideal choices to offer your child. Avoid giving sodas and caffeinated drinks that can increase the risk of dehydration.

If your child is unable to drink properly, consult Dr. Rubinstein immediately. He may recommend a hospital stay with IV fluids to prevent further medical complications.

Schedule an appointment online or by phone to learn more about treating fevers.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Integrated Healthcare Medical Group accepts most private insurance, Medicarel, Industrial Medicine (Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, and Immigration).  To the right is a short list of what we accept.  If you have any questions, please contact our office.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross of Idaho
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Blue Shield of California

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