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what should i do if my baby has fever?

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Dr. Janesta Noland
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: If your baby is under 2 months of age, call your pediatrician immediately for fever over 100.4 (38c). For older babies and children, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are effective medical treatments for fever. In addition, dressing baby down by removing warm clothes and blankets, or giving a lukewarm bath. Do not use rubbing alcohol as it can cause toxicity. And call your doctor if you are worried.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Don't panic!: First, stay calm! fever is a sign that your baby is fighting off an infection, it's a sign of a healthy immune system. Babies with fever will be cranky and tired. They may not eat or drink as well as they normally would. Keep the baby lightly dressed, give a lukewarm bath, keep him hydrated and give a fever reducing medicine according to your doctors instructions.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Fever in Babies: Fever is a response of our immune system to something it needs to "fight". A certain ammount of temperature is good for you and will not harm you. As a guide, check the temperature via a reliable thermometer and correlate with the appearance of your child. Children should not appear lethargic or very ill with a low grade temperature. Keep babies cool and hydrated. Consult your doctor
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Observe baby first: A 1 year old baby can have a fever when there is an infection. Tylenol (acetaminophen) drops or Motrin drops are commonly used (for fevers over 100-101 degrees) to lower the fever so the baby will be more comfortable and less fussy. The parent should observe the baby to see what symptoms are present, and also talk with the doctor to see whether the baby should be seen at the clinic or be observed at home.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Comfort: If baby is less than three months or unvaccinated or otherwise has poor health, contact the doctor. Otherwise, help your baby feel better with a dose of Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (over 6 mos), then assess how baby seems to be acting. If acting ill after fever reducing medicine, see the doctor.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
fever up 2 a point is Ok as it's the bodies way of fighting esp. viral infections, not over 102 or if continually rising despite Tylenol.
Sep 13, 2013
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Call Your Doctor: A baby less than 2 months old who has a fever greater than 100.4 always needs to be examined immediately. In older infants, a temperature greater than 101 that lasts more than 48 hours should be investigated. Also, if your baby has other symptoms that are concerning, they need to be examined. Children can be sick without a fever. Trust your instinct as a parent.

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How concerned should I be about my baby's fever?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Depends on the age: Any infant under 1 month of age with fever 100.4f(38.0c) should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. If your infant is older, it is wise to at least contact your doctor's office as fever is typically a symptom of a viral or bacterial infection. As an infants' immunity is much lower than an older childs', fever could be a sign that your baby may need treatment to help him/her fight the illness.
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How can I manage my baby's fever?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Acetaminophen: Fever is almost always a sign of infection, but whether you should be concerned depends on other factors (height of fever, duration, patient's age and other symptoms). Fever can be treated with Acetaminophen (if > 2 months) or Ibuprofen (if > 6 months) and the dosing is weight-based. Speaking to your physician and knowing when to be concerned and when to treat a fever at home is half the battle.
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What can I do for my baby's fever?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Don't worry: Fever itself is harmless, but it can make a baby feel poorly. Treat it safely with the correct dose of Acetaminophen (past 3 months) or Ibuprofen (past 6 months). For babies less than three months, contact your pediatrician before treating. If your child has a fever and is acting ill even after fever medicine, see the doctor.
Twin Falls, ID
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How can I cope with baby fever?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below : What determines if this is worrisome, depends on the age of the child, how high the fever is, how long the fever has been going on and other associated symptoms in the child like breathing situation, hydration and the child's alertness. Without more info, specific (or even general) recs can not be made here. If concerned, call your doc.
Trenton, NJ
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Does teething in babies cause fever?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Depends who you ask: Large body of literature that states that teething does not cause temperature. However we've all seen children who are teaching and who have a low grade fever. Anything over 100F should be reported to Pediatrician. Also talk to Pediatrician about teething aids (such as chilled teething rings) and OTC analgesics. Also 1st birthday + 1st Dental Examination. Seek out a Pedodontist (Specialist).
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Good point
Jul 1, 2015

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