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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?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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.
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
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.

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