What to do if your child has a high temperature. You can usually look after your child or baby at home. The temperature should go down over 3 or 4 days.
When should you worry about a baby’s fever?
Fever. If your baby is younger than 3 months old, contact the doctor for any fever. If your baby is 3 to 6 months old and has a temperature up to 102 F (38.9 C) and seems sick or has a temperature higher than 102 F (38.9 C), contact the doctor.
How long does a fever last for a baby?
Fevers due to viruses can last for as little as two to three days and sometime as long as two weeks. A fever caused by a bacterial infection may continue until the child is treated with an antibiotic.
What is considered a fever baby?
A baby’s normal temperature can range from about 97 to 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Most doctors consider a rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher as a fever.
When should I take my child to the hospital for a fever?
If his or her temperature is above 100.4 degrees, it is time to call us. For children ages three months to three years, call us if there is a fever of 102 degrees or higher. For all kids three years and older, a fever of 103 degrees or higher means it is time to call Pediatrics East.
How should I dress my baby with a fever at night?
Treating Your Child’s Fever
- Try one layer of lightweight clothing, and one lightweight blanket for sleep.
- The room should be comfortable, not too hot or too cool. If the room is hot or stuffy, a fan may help.
What temp fever should I go to hospital?
Call your doctor if your temperature is 103 F (39.4 C) or higher. Seek immediate medical attention if any of these signs or symptoms accompanies a fever: Severe headache.
What do hospitals do for babies with fevers?
A baby less than 28 days old, who has a fever, will be admitted to the hospital for further observation and treatment. This is the standard of care at all hospitals. Antibiotics will be continued until all the culture results come back.
Is 99.7 a fever for a baby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends you use a digital thermometer. It’s best to take the temperature rectally for children ages three and younger. A rectal temperature of more than 100.4 degrees is considered a fever. When taken orally, a temperature higher than 99.5 degrees is diagnosed as a fever.
What is a low grade fever in babies?
A rectal temperature between 99 and 100 degrees is a low-grade fever, and usually does not need a doctor’s care. Fever in newborns may be due to: InfectionFever is a normal response to infection in adults, but only about half of newborns with an infection have a fever.
How do babies act when they have a fever?
Besides elevated body temperature, signs of fever in babies include: Acting more sleepy than normal. Fussiness. Having a poor appetite.
How do hospitals treat high fevers?
Get Treatment for High Fever at Dignity Health
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), are options. Your doctor will treat any underlying infection if necessary. If you have a high fever, avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of liquids.