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When should I call a pediatrician about my child's fever?

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For children, fevers are a bit more complicated. Call your pediatrician if your child is:

  • Under 3 months old and has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F or higher
  • Between 3 months and 3 years old and has a rectal temperature over 102°F
  • Older than 3 years old and has an oral temperatures higher than 103°F
  • Between 3 and 6 months old and -- along with a fever -- is fussier or more uncomfortable than usual, or doesn’t seem alert
  • Sick enough for you to be concerned, regardless of what the thermometer says

From: What Is Normal Body Temperature? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Kids Health: “Fever and Taking Your Child’s Temperature.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fever: First Aid,” “Fever,” “Hypothermia.”

Paediatrics & Child’s Health : “How to take a child’s temperature.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Vital Signs (Body Temperature, Pulse Rate, Respiration Rate, Blood Pressure)."

Cleveland Clinic: “Your Child’s Fevers: 5 Common Myths Debunked.”

American Family Physician : “Evaluation of Fever in Infants and Young Children.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Kids Health: “Fever and Taking Your Child’s Temperature.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fever: First Aid,” “Fever,” “Hypothermia.”

Paediatrics & Child’s Health : “How to take a child’s temperature.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Vital Signs (Body Temperature, Pulse Rate, Respiration Rate, Blood Pressure)."

Cleveland Clinic: “Your Child’s Fevers: 5 Common Myths Debunked.”

American Family Physician : “Evaluation of Fever in Infants and Young Children.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 05, 2017

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