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When to Call the Doctor

If your little one is feeling ill and you’re not completely sure what to do, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone. Sometimes it helps to get a second opinion to reassure your knowledge and instincts as a parent.


Here’s how to know if it’s time to call your child’s doctor:


Child is UNDER 3 months (12 weeks)

  • Has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher
  • Keep in mind that you know your child best. Always follow your instinct and call the doctor if you feel something is wrong.

Child is OVER 3 months (12 weeks)

  • Has a temperature of 104°F or higher
  • or
  • Has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher PLUS any of these symptoms:
    • Severe headache
    • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea
    • Strange rash
    • Sore throat or ear pain
    • Stiff neck
    • Looks very ill or is extremely drowsy/fussy
    • Has been in a very hot place (such as an overheated car)
    • Has underlying immune system problems, seizure history, or takes steroids

Child has ANY of the following

  • Seems to be getting worse, even with comfort measures
  • Is between 3 and 24 months and still has a fever (100.4°F or higher) after 24 hours
  • Is 24 months or older and still has a fever (100.4°F or higher) after 3 days or still “acts sick” when the fever goes away


If you do call your child’s doctor, make sure to let them know which type (Infants', Children's, etc.) and strength of medicine you're giving to your child, if any. Also inform them if your child has any underlying risk factors that could cause further complications.

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