When to Call the Doctor for Fever, Nausea, Diarrhea, Colds, and Coughs

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The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. - Voltaire

For many illnesses time is the ally, and watchful waiting is the key to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The following are common conditions that often resolve on their own without medical intervention.

When to call the doctor for fever

Fever is a routine symptom in infants and children. It is a normal immune response to an infection to generate an elevated body temperature and make the body inhospitable. That doesn't mean that the fever should be ignored, but if the child is otherwise doing well, treating the fever with over-the-counter (OTC) medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol and many others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and many others) may be all that is needed.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/30/2014