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When should you call a doctor if a child with diabetes has a fever?

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For children with diabetes who have a fever, call a doctor if they have:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Blue lips
  • Won’t eat or drink
  • Ear pain
  • A fever of 102 F or higher (or any temperature if it’s a baby age 2 months or younger)
  • A lot more crankiness or sleepiness than usual
  • Worsening symptoms

American Diabetes Association: "Flu & Pneumonia Shots." and “When You’re Sick.”

FDA: “Have a Baby or Young Child With a Cold? Most Don’t Need Medicines.”

CDC: “Flu and People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 7, 2019

American Diabetes Association: "Flu & Pneumonia Shots." and “When You’re Sick.”

FDA: “Have a Baby or Young Child With a Cold? Most Don’t Need Medicines.”

CDC: “Flu and People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 7, 2019

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