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Infant Fever Chart
No: In infants the definition of fever is 100.4 (38C). If you have an infant under 3 months with that temperature, call your doctor or go to the ER. Beyond 3 months, call your doctor if the temperature reaches 102.2 (39C) or higher. Obviously, if your infant is vomiting, unable to arouse, or showing any other symptoms that concern you, call your doctor or go to the ER. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Infections: Fevers are part of your baby's way to fight off infections. But in infants, fevers can signal a serious infection, like an urinary tract infection or bacteremia, a bacterial blood infection. If your infant has a fever, he or she may need lab tests to determine if they are at risk for these infections. For older children, fevers are not as worrisome, unless they last for longer than 5 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on age.: Conservatively (infants 3-4 mos or less) always contact your care provider if a "rectal temperature" is over 100.4-101f. For those older and no other risk factors-no chronic medical conditions-"comfort" care and not becoming fearful of fever. Fever is not itself evil-merely a symptom of other issues-infection. Comfort doesn't always mean medication either. Discuss with doctor to lessen stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection: Infants and toddlers usually get fevers due to their bodies response to an infection (usually viral or bacterial). Substances are secreted by your body when fighting an infection that changes the thermostat in your brain (hypothalamus) to increase the temperature of the body. The fever is helpful for the body to fight infection. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
It depends...: Fever is a key aspect of how we fight infections- microbes don't survive at high temperature ; our white blood cells work better.Drugs to reduce fever may help one feel better temporarily but prolong infections! it's best to let the fever run its course unless it gets really high (above 104). Keep the baby well-hydrated. See doc if persists. See comment; http://www.Pamf.Org/children/common/fever/. ...Read more
Please read the : American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for safe sleep: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx or HealthyChildren.org. Please put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib with a firm mattress, no loose bedding or stuffed animals, not in your bed. It truly reduces the chance of SIDS, which can occur up to one year. ...Read more
Overall status: I consider fever a desirable, natural way the body assists in fighting illness. For this reason i encourage parents to treat the whole child not the temperature. If calling into the service you will be asked about temp & get one for that discussion.But on the whole you can decide based on the discomfort level of the child.If grumpy, treat, if not, why bother.Focus on fluid intake=more important. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No cold baths!: To cool a hot house first turn down the thermostat then open the windows. Same with kids. Turn down the thermostat in the hypothalamus by giving Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Place them in thin clothing & remove blankets. Ice baths are rarely needed & cause pain & anguish. But only break a high fever. Low grade fevers to 39 c. Help fight infection & are usually tolerated if you maintain hydration. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
13 mnth infant keeps fevering but not any other symptoms.. Diagnosis w/slight inflammation of bronchial. what else could possibly cause fevers 103+?
Is it safe for my 7 week old to receive childcare in a home with another infant who's been feverish all week? Other infant's fever broke 48 hours ago.
Dengue fever: Dengue in infants and toddlers usually starts with the symptoms of a viral illness: high fever or temperature; runny nose; cough; a mild skin rash. If you live in an endemic area, then best to have a child tested as these symptoms can be like any viral illness.... (and I am not a dental expert). ...Read more
Contageous/different: The child with true scarlet fever is infected with a strain of strep a that produces chemicals that cause the red rash.Infants in close contact (mucous or droplet secretions) have ~1/4 risk in acquiring the germ, less if contact is distant. Infants often have more a nasal carriage than throat.(to guide testing)after 24hrs on meds the infected kid is not likely to pass it to anyone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a doctor: Fever usually means that the body is raising the temperature to stop viral or bacterial attacks. An infant retains the mother's antibodies for about 3 months. The infant's immature immune system takes over so the baby becomes more vulnerable . If the baby's temperature is very high or very low, it may be very serious go to emergency dept, hydrate, tepid not cold water for cooling, take a temperature. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer