Fever and Taking Your Child’s Temperature: When Should You Worry?

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This morning my baby woke up with a fever and I knew that something was wrong since he just finished taking a round of antibiotics from his last illness less than two weeks ago.  When I took his temperature this morning, it was 103 degree using a rectal thermometer.  In the past, we have ran him to the doctor prematurely only to find out that there wasn’t anything wrong with him yet.  My son’s pediatrician recommends waiting a few days to bring him in but my mommy instincts take over.  I know when my baby doesn’t feel well and I usually take him into the doctor when I feel that it is appropriate.

Note: I am not a doctor, nurse, or health care provider.  This post is for informational purposes only and never should replace getting your child medical treatment.

When to seek medical treatment for a fever?

A fever is usually the first sign or symptom that sends off alarms and makes parents know that something is wrong.  Your child’s body may potentially be fighting off an infection or a virus, but it is important that you seek medical treatment.  Infants and young children can get sick quickly and a fever can indicate an illness or even a serious illness.  Contact your child’s doctor immediately for the following reasons; if necessary,  seek medical treatment or call 911:

  • A rectal temperature that is 100.4 degrees or higher in an infant that is younger than 3 months old needs to be evaluated, even if he or she doesn’t have any other symptoms or seem sick.
  • A rectal temperature 101 degrees or higher in an infant that is between 3 to 6 months old  needs to be evaluated, even if he or she doesn’t have any other symptoms or seem sick.
  • A rectal temperature 102 degrees or higher in an infant that is 6 months and older that lasts longer than 2 days needs to be evaluated to ensure that they don’t have an infection or series illness.
  • A rectal temperature 103 degrees or higher in an infant older than 6 months old needs to be evaluated, even if he or she doesn’t have any other symptoms or seem sick.

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7 Responses

  1. Kristl Story says:

    Great advice for new moms! I wish I had read something like this many years ago when I was a new mom!

  2. This is the type of information that every new mother should print out and tape to the refrigerator. Great job.

  3. KG says:

    I really do hate when children get sick. As A parent, you feel so helpless… so vulnerable just seeing them down – especially when you know your child and they just don’t seem to be right.

    This was a great post.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Raine says:

    When my son was young I used a rectal thermometer but ever since I use an ear thermometer. It is such a pain to use. I end up taking it several times to even see if I got the correct temp.

  5. Lynn Reilly says:

    Excellent information! Especially for new moms! Its so hard with babies to know what is happening and how they are feeling. Of course now that my kids tell me how they feel, I just use my hand on their head, call it a fever and hope for the best. :)

  6. Excellent information! Especially for new moms! Its so hard with babies to know what is happening and how they are feeling. Of course now that my kids tell me how they feel, I just use my hand on their head, call it a fever and hope for the best. :)

  7. Pepper Tan says:

    Thanks for these tips. I’m such a worrywart when it comes to my daughter’s fever.

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