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How high does the fever have to be in order to take a 7 year old child to the hospital?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 42 years experience
No too high: Fever is a way of your body to fight infection. Some illnesses cause high fever and some children tend to run high fevers. Usually there is no danger in just the fever. The concern is about the underlying illness that caused the fever. Fever makes them more uncomfortable but does not hurt them. Treat the fever to make them more comfortable and call your pediatrician for further instructions.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not fever dependent: You are better off relying on other things than just fever to help you decide.A kid with a 105 that is giggling and running back & forth is not as worrisome to me as a kid with 98.6 that is lying down moaning.When feedings are off and play stops, you rely on the overall picture.Years ago they thought fever hurt their brain, but it does not. Trust your "mommy" sense and go when you feel like it.
Last updated Nov 8, 2016

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