My girlfriend called me up today and said her baby girl had a fever for two days. She wanted to...
My girlfriend called me up today and said her baby girl had a fever for two days. She wanted to know if she should call the doc. Personally, if my son had a fever for more than two days I'd call his doctor - but not being a doctor myself, I thought we should look it up. How to gauge your baby's fever: Most pediatricians note that behavior along with a fever is a good indicator of actual trouble. This is because a baby can be really sick but have no fever, or mildly sick with a high fever. There are other signs you need to be aware of. According to my trusty baby health manual, you should watch for the following signs: If your baby has a fever you should call your doctor or head to the nearest emergency room if:
- She is under two months of age.
- She's having convulsions (stiffness, flailing arms, rolling eyes).
- She can't breathe, or has labored breathing.
- Her neck is stiffer than normal.
- She can't relax - at all. Such as no sleeping, can't stop crying,
- The onset of fever is extremely sudden - especially after a hot day.
- The fever is over 105.
- She's 2-6 mos of age.
- She has had a fever that suddenly goes way up.
- Her fever is over 102.
- You give her baby ibuprofen and the fever won't break.
- Her behavior is overly cranky or agitated, say, she won't eat or sleep well or is more fussy than normal.
- The fever lasts longer than a day (24 hours) without going down - and nothing else seems wrong.