Young kids often get fevers. They're a normal part of childhood and usually aren't serious. In most cases, they go away on their own. Fever is the body's way of killing off infections by raising the heat on germs. It can be caused by bacteria, like strep throat, or a virus, like the flu. The key is learning how and when to treat them so you can keep your child comfortable until she's feeling better.
When should I treat fever?
You can treat a fever when your child seems uncomfortable. It won't...
Sometimes these symptoms follow a flu-like illness, ear infection, or sinus infection.
If your child is too young to talk, you may have a hard time noticing these symptoms. So in babies and young children, watch for things like:
Red or purple spots on the skin
Cries when held
How fast meningitis symptoms develop can vary. Bacterial meningitis symptoms come on quickly, usually over a period of hours. With viral meningitis, symptoms might appear over several days.
When to See a Doctor
Children or adults with bacterial meningitis -- the most serious type -- usually become very ill quickly.
Even though the odds of getting meningitis are small, you should still play it safe. If you or a family member have had contact with someone who has meningitis -- or you notice any symptoms of the disease -- give your doctor a call. If the symptoms are severe, go to the emergency room right away. Prompt treatment for meningitis can make all the difference.