A 38-year-old member asked:
13 m old kid had 3 day fever 98.8_99, then 2 days no fever. during this time he started cough with runny nose. his temperature is 98.8. any concerns?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Martin Raff answered
55 years experience Infectious Disease
No fever: Fever is either a temperature of 100 or a temperature which does not get as low as 98.6 in 24 hours. It sound as if he has a mild cold or an allergy and unless things get worse would keep him away from doctors and hospitals.
Answered on Apr 4, 2012
Dr. Mark Patterson answered
31 years experience Pediatrics
How does he act?: Cough associated with a runny nose is very common in children. The temperatures you are reporting are actually normal. Pediatricians usually define a fever as a rectal temperature above 100.4. As such, it is more important how he is acting. If he is crying, having a hard time eating, having trouble breathing , etc. Then he needs to see his doctor. Otherwise usually lasts 4-6 days.
Answered on May 20, 2015
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