Health Tip: When Baby Has a Fever05/07/12
(HealthDay News) -- When a baby has a fever, parents may be
unsure if this warrants a call to the pediatrician.
The American Academy of Pediatricians offers these
- You must call your pediatrician immediately if your infant is
age 2 months or younger, with a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees
Fahrenheit or higher.
- Call the doctor if your child is between 3 months and 6 months
old with a fever of 101 degrees or higher, or if baby is older than
6 months with a fever of 103 degrees or higher.
- Except for these cases, judge your child's symptoms and call
the doctor if your child has a severe sore throat or earache, cough
or a rash.
- Call the doctor if your child has a fever with diarrhea or
vomiting, is very fussy or is sleeping excessively.
- If a fever persists in a child older than 1 year for longer
than 24 hours, even if there are no other symptoms, call the
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