When to Call the Doctor for Your Baby's Fever
Kelli Shidler, M.D. Boys Town Pediatrics
Fever is actually a good thing. It's a way to show you that your child's immune system is functioning properly.
Our basic definition of a fever, for kids in general or for people, is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, if your baby is 3 months and younger we take it pretty seriously. We say call right away if your baby has a fever over 100.4 or higher if they're under 3 months of age. We want to look at your baby, maybe do some labs. Especially under a month, we always do the labs.
6 months and above it's not as big of a deal. They can have a fever 101, 102. The first day of a cold we kind of let it go. You know, if they get to that third day of fever we always want to see babies. The basic virus can cause a fever for two to three days.
So if it goes longer than three days we say we want to see you and make sure there's no bacterial super infection on top of that virus.
A fever is a way to show you that your child's immune system is functioning properly. Dr. Kelli Shidler, pediatrician with Boys Town Pediatrics, explains when you should call the doctor if your baby has a fever.