04 Jan Child Fever: When to Worry
Child fevers can be alarming for parents, but they are often a normal part of a child’s immune system response to an infection. It’s important for parents to know when a child’s fever is cause for concern and when to seek medical attention.
First, it’s important to understand what a fever is. A fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature, typically defined as a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. Fevers can be caused by a variety of infections, including viral infections like the common cold and flu, or bacterial infections like pneumonia or strep throat.
Fevers can also be caused by other conditions, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, or an allergic reaction. In most cases, a fever is the body’s way of fighting off an infection and is not a cause for concern.
So, when should parents worry about a child’s fever? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents contact a healthcare provider if a child has a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher and is:
- 3 months old or younger
- Experiencing other symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or rash
- Unresponsive or lethargic
- Has a seizure
- Has a fever that lasts for more than 3 days
In general, it’s important to monitor your child’s fever and look for other symptoms that may indicate a more serious illness. If you are concerned about your child’s fever, or if your child is younger than 3 months old and has a fever, contact your healthcare provider. They will be able to assess your child’s condition and provide appropriate treatment.
At Continuum Pediatrics, our team of experienced and compassionate doctors and nurses is here to provide your child with the best possible care. If you are concerned about your child’s fever, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you and your child through this difficult time.