Call your doctor if you have an: infant younger than 3 months old with a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. older child with a temperature of higher than 102.2°F (39°C)
Information: A normal temperature in babies and children is about 36.4C, but this can vary slightly from child to child. A high temperature is 38C or more. A high temperature is the body’s natural response to fighting infections like coughs and colds.
Fever is usually a sign that the body is fighting an infection. A temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) or higher means a fever. See your doctor if your child has a temperature that lasts for more than three days or if your child has a fever and is less than three months old.
But if your child has a 103° F fever, is lethargic and isn’t eating or drinking, then he or she probably needs to be seen by the doctor. Also call your child’s doctor if your child has a fever of 104 ° F or higher or if he or she has had a fever for 4 or more days in a row.
For children ages three months to three years, call us if there is a fever of 102 degrees or higher. For all kids three years and older, a fever of 103 degrees or higher means it is time to call Pediatrics East. If a fever of 102 degrees or higher lasts for more than two days, please give us a call, too.
If your little one is experiencing symptoms, try these home remedies to help reduce your baby’s fever. A lukewarm sponge bath (stop if your child starts to shiver). Lots of liquids. Light clothing and lower room temperatures. Rest — in most cases, you shouldn’t wake a sleeping child to give them fever medicine.
But probably the main reason fever seems worse at night is because it actually is worse. The inflammatory response mechanism of the immune system is amplified. Your immune system deliberately raises your body temperature as part of its strategy to kill the virus attacking you.
As you make progress against the infection, your set point drops back to normal. But your body temperature is still higher, so you feel hot. That’s when your sweat glands kick in and start producing more sweat to cool you off. This could mean your fever is breaking and you ‘ re on the road to recovery.
For an adult, a fever may be uncomfortable, but usually isn’t a cause for concern unless it reaches 103 F (39.4 C) or higher. For infants and toddlers, a slightly elevated temperature may indicate a serious infection.
Don’t Underdress (or Overdress) Your Child. It’s natural for a kid developing a fever to dress more warmly than others in the room. But Dr. Tran says to make sure she’s not overdressed or covered in thick blankets, as this can prevent body heat from escaping and cause the temperature to rise even more.
Bacterial infections are caused by bacteria, while viral infections are caused by viruses. Bacterial Infections Symptoms persist longer than the expected 10-14 days a virus tends to last. Fever is higher than one might typically expect from a virus. Fever gets worse a few days into the illness rather than improving.
Home Remedies: Fighting a fever Drink plenty of fluids. Fever can cause fluid loss and dehydration, so drink water, juices or broth. Rest. You need rest to recover, and activity can raise your body temperature. Stay cool. Dress in light clothing, keep the room temperature cool and sleep with only a sheet or light blanket.
A baby less than 28 days old, who has a fever, will be admitted to the hospital for further observation and treatment. This is the standard of care at all hospitals. Antibiotics will be continued until all the culture results come back.
How to break a fever Take your temperature and assess your symptoms. Stay in bed and rest. Keep hydrated. Take over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen to reduce fever. Stay cool. Take tepid baths or using cold compresses to make you more comfortable.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents use fever -reducing medicines only to make a fussy child more comfortable, not merely to lower the body temperature. And parents should not wake up a sleeping child to give fever medication, the academy advises, as sleep is more important to the healing process.