Call 911 Now
- Severe trouble breathing (struggling for each breath, can barely speak or cry)
- You think your child has a life-threatening emergency
Call Doctor or Seek Care Now
- Trouble breathing, but not severe. Exception: gone after cleaning out the nose.
- Wheezing (high-pitched purring or whistling sound when breathing out)
- Breathing is much faster than normal
- Trouble swallowing and new onset drooling
- High-risk child (such as cystic fibrosis or other chronic lung disease)
- Weak immune system. Examples are: sickle cell disease, HIV, cancer, organ transplant, taking oral steroids.
- Fever over 104° F (40° C)
- Fever in baby less than 12 weeks old. Caution: do NOT give your baby any fever medicine before being seen.
- Your child looks or acts very sick
- You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent
Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours
- Age less than 6 months old
- Earache or ear drainage
- Yellow or green pus from eyes
- Sinus pain (not just congestion) around cheekbone or eyes
- Fever lasts more than 3 days
- Fever returns after being gone more than 24 hours
- You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent
Contact Doctor During Office Hours
- Blocked nose wakes up from sleep
- Yellow scabs around the nasal openings. Use an antibiotic ointment.
- Sore throat lasts more than 5 days
- Sinus congestion and fullness lasts more than 14 days
- Nasal discharge lasts more than 2 weeks
- You have other questions or concerns
Self Care at Home
- Mild cold with no other problems