When to Call the Doctor for Your Baby’s Fever – Boys Town Pediatrics

When to Call the Doctor for Your Baby’s Fever – Boys Town Pediatrics


Fever is actually a good thing. It’s a way
to show you that your child’s immune system is functioning properly. Our basic definition
of a fever, for kids in general or for people, is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, if you baby is 3 months and younger we take it pretty seriously. We say call right
away if your baby has a fever over 100.4 or higher if they’re under 3 months of age. We
want to look at your baby, maybe do some labs. Especially under a month, we always do the
labs. 6 months and above, not as big of a deal.
They can have a fever 101, 102. The first day of a cold we kind of let it go. You know,
if they get to that third day of fever we always want to see babies. The basic virus
can cause a fever for two to three days. So if it goes longer than three days we say we
want to see you and make sure there’s no bacterial super infection on top of that virus.

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