When to Call the Doctor

Any child under three months of age with a rectal temperature higher than 100.4°F must see a doctor right away. older infants and children should see a doctor right away if they have a fever above 102°F, a fever that lasts longer than three days, a fever that rises after two days, or if any of the following warning signs develop:

• unusual irritability, screaming, tense or stiff arms or legs

• extreme drowsiness (child hard to wake)

• confusion, delirium, hallucinations

• breathing problems (wheezing, crackling, high-pitched sounds)

• neck pain, stiff neck, holding neck in odd way

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