Use the Rule of Two. We have pediatrician colleagues who like to use this rule to determine whether or not they would call a doc for their own children's sickness. If a child has one symptom, it may be something you can wait out. But if there are two or more things going on, it's usually worth a call. So if a child throws up just once but is acting normally otherwise, you might wait to see how she does. Or if a child has a fever with no other symptoms, you can try acetaminophen or ibuprofen. But if a child has a fever and belly pain, or has a fever and a headache, or throws up and feels lethargic, then it's a good idea to call the doc. Of course, please know that we're not discouraging you from calling your doc. Anytime you feel like you need to, make the call. Another good idea is that if your doctor's office is closed on Saturday and it is Friday afternoon at four o'clock and you're unsure if your child is "sick enough" to call the doctor, err on the side of overcautious and make the call. Sitting in the urgent care clinic on Saturday morning with the other sickies is never a fun way to spend the weekend.
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