It can be frightening when your child has a high fever. There are times when a high fever requires immediate medical attention, but in many cases, a fever is simply a sign that the body is working properly to fight off infection and illness. Don’t be afraid to consult your child’s doctor when they do have a fever. At Children’s Physicians in Palm City, Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, fevers can be treated by any one of our friendly and experienced pediatricians.
Tips for Reducing a Fever
There are a few things you can do at home to try bringing down your child’s temperature when they have a high fever. Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are effective fever reducers. Just be sure to follow the recommended dosage for your child’s age and weight. Contact your child’s doctor if you are unsure about the correct dose. You might also try bathing your child in lukewarm water to bring down the fever. Anytime you are uncertain about what to do, contact a doctor in Palm City, Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens for fever reduction advice.
When To Call a Doctor
Sometimes your efforts to manage your child’s fever at home are unsuccessful and the fever just won’t go down. There are several conditions that should prompt you to call a doctor, such as having a temperature of 104F or higher. You should also consult a doctor right away if your child’s fever is accompanied by repeated vomiting or diarrhea, dehydration or a rash.
For infants three months old or younger, contact a doctor if the rectal temperatures is 100.4F or higher. For three to six-month-olds, a temperature of 101F or higher warrants contacting the doctor. Call the doctor when children between six months and one year of age have a temperature of 103F. For toddlers between one and two years old, contact the doctor when the high fever has persisted for more than 24 hours. As mentioned, a doctor should be consulted when a child of any age has a temperature of 104F or more.
Call 911 immediately if you child exhibits any of the following symptoms independently or in conjunction with a high fever:
- Blue lips or skin
- Child is unresponsive or body is limp
- Vomiting accompanied by a stiff neck or headache
- Difficulty breathing
When your child has a mild fever, try bringing their temperature back down with a lukewarm bath and acetaminophen or ibuprofen. For high fevers over 100.4F, contact a doctor right away. For treatment of high fevers in Palm City, Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, contact Children’s Physicians.