Simple at-home treatments are generally effective for low-grade fevers. When rest, fluids and over-the-counter medicine don’t do the trick, a fever can be an indicator of a more serious infection. Use the guidelines below to decide if you need to seek emergency care at for yourself or your child at a Denver hospital near you.

Man with fever

Fever in infants and babies

If your child is less than 3 months old, an ER visit is necessary if he or she has a temperature over 100.4 degrees, or if his or her fever is accompanied by the following symptoms: 

  • Rash
  • Inconsolable, non-stop crying
  • Difficulty waking up to feed or not feeding
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing 

Fever in babies 3 months to 3 years of age

If your child is between 3 months and 3 years of age, an ER visit is necessary if he or she has a higher fever (over 102.2 degrees), or if his or her fever is accompanied by the following symptoms: 

  • Inconsolable
  • If your child is not immunized
  • Unable to keep fluids down
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Not urinating
  • Not feeding or eating
  • Rash 

Fever in children 36 months and older

Children 3 or older need to visit the ER if they have a high fever (over 102 degrees) for two days or more, or if their fever is accompanied by any of the following symptoms: 

  • Cannot keep fluids down
  • Does not urinate or experiencing burning during urination
  • Rash
  • Does not look well
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Stiff neck
  • Abdominal pain
  • Not eating 

High fever in adults

Seek emergency care if you or a loved one is experiencing a fever that lasts for more than two days, or if the fever is accompanied by any of these symptoms: 

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • A headache pain you’ve never felt before
  • Abdominal pain
  • Burning during urination
  • If you may have a compromised immune system
  • If you have recently had chemotherapy 

Seeking treatment at a top Denver ER

If your fever or your child’s fever concerns you, it concerns us. As a fully accredited Level IV trauma center, Rose Medical Center will provide your family the highest quality care under the national average wait time. Our medical team has specialized expertise in pregnancy-related issues, employing a staff of OB hospitalists who are dedicated to Rose Medical Center. This expertise is supplemented by our world-class neonatal intensive care unit and its close affiliation with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, one of the best hospitals in Denver. In addition, Rose Medical Center’s ER team is fully accredited in chest pain and suspected stroke treatment as well as abdominal pain and orthopedic injury care.