A fever is a common sign of illness, but it’s not always a bad thing. In fact, a fever is usually a normal response of a child’s immune system to a virus or bacterial infection.
Most healthy children can tolerate a fever well, and it lasts about 3 to 5 days under normal circumstances.
The most common cause of fevers in babies is a viral infection. In some cases, teething can cause a slight increase in body temperature. In younger babies, a fever could be a sign of a serious infection
When you see your baby’s temperature rise, it can be a great concern for you. You may be in a dilemma whether to call the doctor or get emergency medical care.
Newborns up to 3 months of age: Anything higher than 100.4 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) is a matter of concern.
Infants between 3 and 6 months of age: A fever higher than 101 degrees (38.3 degrees Celsius) should be checked by your pediatrician.
Babies age 6 months or older: A temperature over 103 degrees (39.4 degrees Celsius) needs immediate consultation with a doctor.
If your baby shows other signs or symptoms of illness, such as a cold, cough, vomiting or diarrhea, consult your doctor. Moreover, as a parent, always trust your instincts. If you think you should contact the doctor, go ahead.
In any situation, in addition to your doctor’s prescribed medication, you can follow a few tips to help manage or reduce your baby’s fever.