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When should I be concerned with my child's fever?

When should I be concerned with my child's fever?

My toddler runs a fever of 100 degrees but seems otherwise fine. How do I know if it is a cause of concern? What should I look for to tell me when to call the doctor? I don't want to call unnecessarily, but I don't want to ignore a fever if it means he is really ill. How can I know?

Stephanie Neuhaus | Pediatrician

Stephanie Neuhaus

When children aged 3 or older run a fever, it doesn't necessarily mean that they've got a dangerous illness. The following symptoms indicate that your child may not be seriously ill, despite running a fever:

  • Your child continues to play normally.

  • Your child wants to drink fluids, and has a normal appetite.

  • Your child smiles and seems alert.

  • Your child's skin appears normal.

  • Your child looks healthy after the fever breaks.

If you're not sure about the severity of your child's illness, it's best to make an appointment with your pediatrician.

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