When to call the office

When to call your pediatrician if your child has a fever

  • The following are guidelines only. Your child’s general appearance and the way he or she is acting are usually more important indicators of illness than the height of their fever. You should always call if your child looks or acts significantly ill for any period of time or if you are concerned about worsening health
  1. Your child looks or acts very ill for any period of time
  2. Your child is less than three months old and has a temperature greater than 100.4 rectally
  3. Your child is over three months and has a fever of 102
  4. Your child is over three years of age and does not look well, and does not perk up significantly after an appropriate dose of fever medicine 
  5. Your child is crying inconsolably
  6. Your child cries if you try to touch or move them
  7. Your child if difficult to awaken
  8. Your child complains of stiff neck and cannot touch the chin to the chest without pain
  9. Purple spots begin on the skin and do not blanch (whiten) when pressed firmly
  10. Breathing is labored and no better after nasal passages are cleared
  11. Your child is unable to swallow anything and is drooling saliva
  12. Your baby’s soft spot (fontanelle) is bulging or sunken
  13. Your child walks with a limp or refuses to move a leg joint
  14. Your child has a compromised immune system 
  15. Your child suffers from a burning sensation or pain during urination
  16. Your child complains of ear pain
  17. Your child complains of sore throat for 24 hours and any of the following: headache, swollen glands, abdominal pain, rash or joint pain
  18. Your child’s fever lasts 48 hrs without obvious cause of infection 
  19. Your child’s fever is greater than 101.5 for more than 72 hrs
  20. The fever has been normal for 24 hrs then returned
  21. Your child has a history of seizures with fever and you wish to review fever management