Call your pediatrician right away if your child:
– is 2 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or if fever rises above 104°F (40°C) repeatedly at any age.
– looks very ill, is unusually drowsy, or is very fussy.
– has been in a hot place, such as an overheated car.
– has other symptoms, such as a stiff neck, severe headache, severe sore throat , severe ear pain, an unexplained rash, or repeated vomiting or diarrhea.
– has immune system problems, such as sickle cell disease or cancer, or is taking steroids.
– has had a seizure.
Even if your child’s temperature is not elevated, talk with your pediatrician if you have any questions about your child's temperature and/or whether he or she might be sick.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Dr. Elizabeth Murray is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For more information, go to HealthyChildren.org, the website for parents from the AAP.©2021 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.