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When should you call the doctor about your child's fever?

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Call the doctor if:

  • You think the child needs medical attention.
  • The child is younger than 3 months old with a rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher.
  • The child is 3 to 6 months old with a temperature of 101 F or higher or has had any fever for more than one day.
  • The child is older than 6 months and younger than a year with a temperature of 103 F or higher or has had any fever more than one day.
  • The child is 1 to 2 years old with a high fever lasting more than 24 hours.
  • The child is any age with a temperature of 104 F or higher.
  • The soft spot on the child’s skull is bulging.
  • The child vomits repeatedly or has severe diarrhea.
  • The child has signs of dehydration, such as not wetting diapers, crying without tears, dry mouth or mucous membranes, or sunken soft spot.
  • The fever triggers a seizure.
  • The child has a fever and a rash.
  • Your child is at special risk for serious infections. This includes children with blood or immune disorders, or any child who has not received the routine immunizations.

From: Treating Fever in Children WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 12, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/12/2017

SOURCES:

Family Doctor.org: "Fever in Infants and Children."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Fever in Children (Beyond the Basics.)"

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Family Doctor.org: "Fever in Infants and Children."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Fever in Children (Beyond the Basics.)"

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 12, 2017

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