With RSV and flu taking hold, what can you do when your young child has a respiratory infection that is affecting their breathing? When should you seek medical attention and when can you safely go back to bed when they awake at 2 AM with a cough?
Fever in children
With babies and younger children, it can be hard to know when to speak with a doctor. Call your pediatrician if:
- your baby is less than 3 months old and has a fever.
- your baby is between 3 months and 3 years old and has a temperature of 102°F (38.9°C).
- your child is 3 years or older and has a temperature of 103°F (39.4°C).
Seek medical care if your baby or child has a fever and:
- has difficulty breathing
- struggles to drink liquids
- is under 3 months old
- has a temperature over 104°F (40°C)
- is shivering for more than 30 minutes
- is inconsolable, especially when touched or moved
- is unable to move an arm or leg as normal
- appears dehydrated by low urine amounts, dry mouth, and no tears with crying
- has pain with urination
- appears very ill
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