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A 51-year-old male asked:

My 19 months old daughter has 102.9 fever in arm pit but cold hand and feet. what could be a reason? is it serious?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Roland
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Could be serious: A fever of this magnitude is significant. The cold hands and feet suggests that her circulation may be bad. This can happen in serious illnesses. See your doctor or take her to emergency now.
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Needs evaluation: Not knowing if your child is immunized or not, this could be a number of problems, both infectious and inflammatory. The long list includes a virus, bloodstream infection, ear infection, sinus infection, pneumonia, meningitis, or simply a viral cold. Have your baby examined by her pediatrician! If she is not immunized the chances of a serious infection are much higher.
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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Neonatology 38 years experience
Fever in child: Peripheral perfusion in both newborns and infants can exhibit poor core temp control when very ill. The core temperature (mouth, inner ear, rectum) are the most reliable, but if any temp is too high or low, that can be an indicator of a significant infection. It is important to find the source ASAP, so please go to an ER immediately to have your child examined and treated for best results
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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