Children's Fever 2

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Doctors in the past advised treating a fever on the basis of temperature alone. But now they recommend considering both the temperature and a childs overall condition. Dr. Edward Hill discusses more about children and fevers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

All kids get fevers, and in the majority of cases, most are completely back to normal within a few days.

The exact temperature that should trigger a call to the doctor depends on the age of the child, the illness and whether there are other symptoms.

Children whose temperatures are lower than 102 degrees Fahrenheit often dont require medication unless theyre uncomfortable. If you have an infant 3 months or younger with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, call your doctor or go to the emergency department immediately. Even a slight fever can be a sign of a potentially serious infection.

If your child is between 3 months and 3 years old and has a fever of 102.2 or higher, call your doctor to see if he or she needs to see your child. For older kids, take behavior and activity level into account.

If youre ever in doubt about what to do or what a fever might mean, call your doctor for advice.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.