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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).

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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