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Kids' Fevers May Not Always Need Treatment
Date:2/28/2011

they should call their child's doctor.

In general, she said, parents should alert their child's doctor if:

  • An infant is under 3 months old and has a fever of 100.4 F or above.
  • An infant between 3 and 6 months old has a fever of 101.5 F or more.
  • An older child has a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • Any child has a fever accompanied by lethargy, headache, skin rash, trouble breathing or dehydration.

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Learn more about fever from the Nemours Foundation.

SOURCES: Janice Sullivan, M.D., professor, pediatric clinical care and clinical pharmacology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Kosair Childrens Hospital, Louisville, Ky.; Basil Zitelli, M.D., chief, Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service, and pediatrician, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; March 2011 Pediatrics


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