When your child is not feeling well, and you suspect a fever, but are unsure of what to do next. Should you get out the thermometer? Call the doctor? Give medication?
In healthy kids, FEVERS usually don’t indicate anything serious. We all know it is frightening when your child’s temperature rises, but a fever itself does no harm and can actually be a good thing. A fever is a symptom when your child’s body is fighting an illness. We typically treat fevers with medication that are fever reducers to make your child feel better and to prevent dehydration.
What TEMPERATURES can you expect when your child is sick. Guidelines state that you should call your pediatrician if he has a temperature at or above:
100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and he is under three months old
101 degrees Fahrenheit and he is between three and six months old
103 degrees Fahrenheit and he is over six months old
Just as important as your child’s temperature, please consider this advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics:3