Welcome to the first installment of our blog series, “Keeping Kids Healthy” where we identify many of the common ailments that trouble our children and families. In this series you will learn about these conditions and tips on how to prevent them.

Even though the fun summer months are upon us, fevers are still rampant in our community. Just as with the common cold, many equate fevers to only occurring during the colder months. However, both are caused by germs predominantly. Fever, also known as pyrexia or controlled hyperthermia, is a state in which the body goes above the normal range of 98–100º Fahrenheit. Most doctors define it as a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit and higher.

Reasons for fever in kids:  

  • Infectious diseases  
  • Allergies  
  • Illness related to environmental exposure

Our children are especially susceptible at this time. Between family gatherings and long days at the playground, our children are exposed to fever-carrying germs more than ever. In addition to environmental exposure, fevers can also be caused by allergies. So now that you know the causes, when should you call the doctor if your child has a fever?

When to call the Doctor for your children:

If your child is younger than 3 months and the temperature of your child is greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, then you should call your doctor immediately.

Call your doctor if the following conditions are present and your child is older than 3 months.

  • Your child is crying inconsolably.  
  • Your child is difficult to awaken.  
  • Your child has some convulsions.  
  • Your child has other symptoms such as a severe headache, stiff neck, or an unexplained rash.  
  • Your child is taking steroids or has an immune system problem, such as cancer.  
  • Your child looks or acts very sick.  
  • The fever rises repeatedly to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or higher.  
  • Your child has severe vomiting or diarrhea.

Call your child’s doctor during office hours if any of the following conditions are present:  

  • Your child is 2 years or younger, and the fever persists for more than 24 hours.  
  • Your child is older than 2 years and has had a fever for more than 72 hours.  
  • Your child seems to be getting worse or still acts sick when the fever comes down.  
  • You have other concerns or questions.

We hope you have found this information helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or if you believe you child has a fever: (201) GET-WELL.