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Fever – When To Call Our Office

Note: The following are guidelines only. Your child’s general appearance and the way he/she is acting are more important indicators of illness than the height of the fever. You should always call if your child looks or acts significantly ill for any period of time.

 

CALL IMMEDIATELY IF:

  • Your child looks or acts very sick for any period of time
  • Your child is less than 3 months old with a temperature greater than 100.3° (rectal)
  • Your child is 3 — 6 months old and the fever is 102° (rectal) or greater
  • Your child is less than 3 years old and the fever is over 105°
  • Your child is more than 3 years old and has afever over 105° and the temperature has not dropped within 45 minutes of administering acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or after sponging
  • Your child is crying inconsolably
  • Your child is difficult to awaken
  • Your child complains of a stiff neck, and cannot put his/her chin to his/her chest without pain
  • Purple spots are present on the skin and these do not blanch (whiten when touched)
  • Your child’s breathing is difficult and is not better after nasal suction with bulb syringe
  • Your child is unable to swallow anything and is drooling saliva
  • Your baby’s soft spot is bulging when he/she is sitting up quietly
  • Your child complains of back pain with fever
  • There is redness or swelling of the eye or pain with movement of the eye
  • There is tenderness, swelling or redness over an arm or leg
  • Your child walks with a limp or refuses to move a joint
  • Your child’s immune system is compromised (i.e. has had his/her spleen removed, is undergoing chemotherapy or is HIV positive)
  • You have any other concerns which make you feel an immediate call is necessary

 

CALL THE NEXT MORNING IF:

  • Your child is older than 3 years with a fever over 105° which responds to acetaminophen or ibuprofen (i.e., the temperature drops after administration, but otherwise persists)
  • Your child suffers from burning or pain during urination
  • Your child complains of ear pain (note: if the ear is swollen, please call the office immediately)
  • Your child complains of sore throat and any of the following: fever, swollen glands, headache, abdominal pain, rash or joint pain
  • Dark urine occurs within 3 or 4 weeks following a sore throat
  • Your child’s fever lasts more than 48 – 72 hours without any obvious cause

 

CALL DURING REGULAR HOURS IF:

  • Your child’s fever is over 101° for greater than 72 hours
  • The fever went away for over 24 hours, then returned
  • Your child has a history of febrile seizures and you wish to review fever management
  • You have other concerns or questions