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At what degree shouldd I take my daughter to the hospitol by?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
26 doctors agree

In brief: NO NUMBER

More important: how is she acting? --is she lethargic ( weak, limp) (sign of serious infection) --is she short of breath? (sign of pneumonia) --is she in pain (sign of appendicitis .
..) --is she vomiting (getting dehydrated) these are what we are looking for not the height of a fever a lethargic child with a 101 temp is more serious than a child still playing with 103 temp.

In brief: NO NUMBER

More important: how is she acting? --is she lethargic ( weak, limp) (sign of serious infection) --is she short of breath? (sign of pneumonia) --is she in pain (sign of appendicitis .
..) --is she vomiting (getting dehydrated) these are what we are looking for not the height of a fever a lethargic child with a 101 temp is more serious than a child still playing with 103 temp.
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great answer! Wishing you'all the best.
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
I have been known to tell parents to throw away the thermometer when they worry more about it than the child's other symptoms. How a child acts is more telling than any number on the thermometer!
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
12 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on age, sxs

If your child is under a month of age, she should be seen right away for 100.
4 degree temp or higher. For older children, it is more important to watch the symptoms she has regardless of the height of the fever. If she is having labored breathing, seems excessivel irritable and conspirator, or unusuallynlethargic, or having signs of dehydration that is more urgent than the absolute temperature.

In brief: Depends on age, sxs

If your child is under a month of age, she should be seen right away for 100.
4 degree temp or higher. For older children, it is more important to watch the symptoms she has regardless of the height of the fever. If she is having labored breathing, seems excessivel irritable and conspirator, or unusuallynlethargic, or having signs of dehydration that is more urgent than the absolute temperature.
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Dr. Aileen Sedman
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on behavior

Fevers to 103 are not uncommon in children and are not dangerous if a child otherwise looks well.
That is if their color is normal, they are alert, and they are drinking. However, any child with a fever who is very lethargic, has poor color, is not drinking should be seen quickly. Rules are different for infants under 4 months old, if they have a fever of over 101 rectally, they need to be seen.

In brief: Depends on behavior

Fevers to 103 are not uncommon in children and are not dangerous if a child otherwise looks well.
That is if their color is normal, they are alert, and they are drinking. However, any child with a fever who is very lethargic, has poor color, is not drinking should be seen quickly. Rules are different for infants under 4 months old, if they have a fever of over 101 rectally, they need to be seen.
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