Fever or Chills, Age 11 and Younger - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • Your child passes out (loses consciousness).
  • Your child has severe trouble breathing.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child is younger than 3 months and has a fever of 100.4°F or higher.
  • Your child is 3 months or older and has a fever of 105°F or higher.
  • Your child's fever occurs with any new symptoms, such as trouble breathing, ear pain, stiff neck, or rash.
  • Your child is very sick or has trouble staying awake or being woken up.
  • Your child is not acting normally.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your child is not getting better as expected.
  • Your child is younger than 3 months and has a fever that has not gone down after 1 day (24 hours).
  • Your child is 3 months or older and has a fever that has not gone down after 2 days (48 hours).
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