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How high should my babies fever be before I call the doctor?

How high should my babies fever be before I call the doctor?

100.4F or 38C: Babies younger than 2 months manifest signs and symptoms of serious infections (sepsis) in a more subtle fashion than older children. It is important to take your young infant to the doctor if he or she is feeding poorly, is sleepier than usual (lethargic) has an unusual rash, or has an elevated temp – even if that is the only symptom. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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When should I call the doctor for my baby's fever?

When should I call the doctor for my baby's fever?

When less than 3 mos: It depends on the age of your child as well as other symptoms. For any baby under 3 months of age, a fever over 100.4 deg F taken rectally is considered a fever and an emergency. When your child is older than that, if they have any other concerning symptoms with the fever such as ear pain, deep cough, trouble breathing, lethargy, or the fever persists, you should call your doctor. ...Read more

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Had my ureter balloon dilated yesterday with a stent placement. How high of a fever should I call my doctor at?

101: I would guess 101 degrees but your discharge instructions from the procedure should tell you what your doctor would recommend. ...Read more

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Baby girl gets high fevers of 106 and its a pattern. I feel angry at doctors for saying its just viral when there's no other sympton.She cries all day?

Baby girl gets high fevers of 106 and its a pattern. I feel angry at doctors for saying its just viral when there's no other sympton.She cries all day?

Hard to diagnose: Brain damage from a fever is extremely unlikely. It's not unusual for a sick toddler to run a temperature of 104 or even 105 degrees f. Most children can tolerate a temperature of slightly greater than 107 degrees f without long-term effects from the fever. Keep in mind that a fever is not an illness — it's a way for the body to fight disease. See another md if not getting the support you need. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how high of a fever in a 6 week old infant should trigger a trip to the doctor?

Can you tell me how high of a fever in a 6 week old infant should trigger a trip to the doctor?

100.4 F: Fever in a 6 week old may be caused by a germ picked up at delivery and hiding until it invaded babies system.Temperature over 100.4 should trigger a visit to the most accessible form of care, immediately. ...Read more

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My four month is running a fever of 101.9 she got her shots today. Should I call her doctors?

My four month is running a fever of 101.9 she got her shots today. Should I call her doctors?

Read advice first: Pediatricians always give an informatoin sheet when little ones get shots. Read that first. If that doesn't provide you with guidance,then yes, call the doctor. ...Read more

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If I have a fever after a bunionectomy, should I call the doctor?

If I have a fever after a bunionectomy, should I call the doctor?

YES!!: You should definitely call your doctor if you have a fever after a bunionectomy. Often fever is a sign of infection. Don't delay! ...Read more

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I had a bunionectomy and i've developed a fever. I want to know if I should call the doctor right away or not?

I had a bunionectomy and i've developed a fever. I want to know if I should call the doctor right away or not?

Yes : As a surgeon, i always want to know when my surgical patients have a fever especially if it is over 101. It is better to be safe than sorry as a fever could mean you have an infection which is more easily treated if caught early. Let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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My 11month old has a fever of 101.8 do I need to call the doctor? I gave him fever reducer.

My 11month old has a fever of 101.8 do I need to call the doctor?  I gave him fever reducer.

Hot Stuff: A fever is a sign of infection whether viral or bacterial. If your child does not have any other symptoms (i.e. Nasal congestion, cough, vomiting, etc.), he most likely has a virus. If the fever does not resolve within a few days or other symptoms develop, you should have your baby evaluated by a doctor. Acetaminophen my be given for irritability but should be used judiciously. ...Read more

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When must I call my doctor if I have endometritis and have fever again?

Fever, other symptom: Fever, pain that is unusual or out of proportion, bleeding, ...If in doubt , call your doctor. ...Read more