Watch out for these symptoms in addition to fevers as they may be signs of a
serious – and possibly dangerous – illness. Keep an eye out for the following
five symptoms, which could indicate a problem when coupled with a fever.
1. Lethargy. Your child has lost his appetite, has little energy, or is
noticeably pale of flushed, or you notice other changes in his behavior and
2. Rash. Your child has small, purple-red spots on his skin that don’t turn
white when you press on them, or large purple blotches.
3. Difficulty Swallowing. Your child is unable to swallow and is drooling
4. Difficulty Breathing. Your child has difficulty breathing even after you
clear his nose with a bulb syringe.
5. Mood. Your child seems delirious, glassy–eyed, or extremely cranky or
If you notice any of these symptoms with a fever, call your pediatrician right
In general, it’s a good idea to check with your pediatrician if you feel
uncomfortable about your child’s appearance or behavior, no matter what his
or her temperature is. Trust your gut.
Remember, too, that fever is only one sign of illness. Be sure to mention
symptoms such as a cough and ear pain (if you suspect it) or vomiting and
diarrhea – these can help your pediatrician make a more accurate diagnosis.
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