Fevers are the body's way of fighting infection and, for the most part, aren't serious in and of themselves — especially once your baby
is older than 2 months. However, observe your baby
carefully when he has a fever: If he's smiling, eating, and happy, he's probably okay. But if he has any of the following symptoms or behaviors along with a fever, call your health care provider immediately:
- The fever is higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit or lasts more than three days.
- Your baby whimpers or cries uncontrollably or cries when you touch or move him.
- Your baby refuses to eat.
- Your baby isn't behaving normally.
- Your baby doesn't wake up.
- Your baby has a stiff neck.
- Your baby's breathing is difficult, rapid, or noisy, or your baby is wheezing.
- Your baby has diarrhea, especially with blood in the stool.
- Your baby can't swallow or is drooling an unusual amount.
- Your baby's skin has red or purple splotches.
Get more information on fevers. FYI:
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen have replaced aspirin (which can be dangerous for children) for treating fevers in children. Always have some on hand, and make sure you know the appropriate dose for your child.