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  • All temperature guidelines listed in this topic are rectal.
  • A child has a fever when his or her temperature is 100.4F or higher, measured rectally (a thermometer is inserted into the rectum).
  • For information about taking accurate temperatures in babies and children, see the topic Body Temperature.
  • If your child has had a fever seizure in the past and you have talked with your doctor about how to care for your child after a seizure, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.

Does your child have a fever and any signs of a serious infection?

Does your child have a fever and any breathing problems?

Does your child have a fever and pain? See evaluating pain in a child.

Do you think your child has an extremely high fever[ or higher]?

Does your child have a fever and a new skin problem?

Is this your child's first seizure?

Has your child had fever seizures in the past and now has had another fever seizure?

If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 13, 2012
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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