What Every Parent Should Know About Child and Infant Fevers

All babies and children get fevers, and most of the time, they’re no indication of a severe problem. Still, you don’t want to take chances when it comes to your offspring’s health and well-being. That’s why Dr. Ranjit Grewal of Houston Family MD wants you to be informed. Here he offers a guide to pediatric fevers.

Childhood fevers 101

Just like you, your child’s internal body temperature fluctuates during the day depending on clothing, activity, and the environment. The average body temperature is between 98.6℉ and 99.6℉. A reading slightly above that temperature is not considered a fever.

In most cases, a fever is diagnosed when a child’s temperature is above 100.4. Typically, fevers develop when the body is fighting infection or bacteria. Other culprits include recent vaccinations, certain medications, teething in babies, and certain illnesses, such as cancer or an autoimmune disorder.

Home remedies

Fever doesn’t necessarily require treatment unless accompanied by other symptoms, such as fussiness, pain, discomfort, vomiting, soreness, or an earache. 

If your child is not showing signs of distress, you can let them rest comfortably with a light blanket. Don’t bundle them up or overdress them, and be sure that their room is set at a comfortable temperature.

If your child is out of sorts, experiencing difficulty sleeping or relaxing, try children’s acetaminophen (only for those over two months old or ibuprofen for children over six months old). Extra fluids or a warm bath may also be soothing. 

When to call a doctor

Most fevers don’t require medical intervention. However, if your child is under three months of age with a fever above 100.4, immediately take them to the doctor or urgent care clinic. 

For babies between 3 and 12 months old, seek a medical evaluation if your child’s fever surpasses 102.2. A temperature this elevated may indicate an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

Even temperature remains under 102.2, seek medical help if your child’s temperature lasts a couple of days or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as earache, sore throat, constant vomiting, or dehydration.

For concerns about fevers, and all of your family’s health care needs, call our office in Cypress, Texas, or request an appointment online today. 

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