A fever in children and infants is considered to be when the body temperature is 100.4° F or higher.
There are many reasons that your child may be running a fever, such as immunizations,
infections or even just overdressing, especially if they are very young.
It is important to contact the child’s primary care provider (pediatrician) if a fever is present.
Call a doctor if your child is an infant (under three months) and has a temperature taken with
a rectal thermometer of 100.4° F or higher, or if your child is older and has a temperature of 102.2° F.
Also call if the child is older and that temperature is combined with:
- A change of behavior such as not drinking or eating
- Dehydration symptoms such as lack of tears or trips to the bathroom
- Stomach issues such as vomiting or diarrhea
- Has a specific ailment such as ear or throat pain
- 24 hours of the fever and symptoms
- Has a chronic medical condition or a rash
Go to the emergency department if your child has:
- The inability to stop crying
- A rash that resembles bruising
- More difficulty than normal when trying to wake up and trouble moving
- Moderate or severe abdominal pain
- Severe headache or stiff neck
- Blue extremities
- Trouble breathing
This list is not inclusive of all possible medical emergencies. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.