Potential reasons for fever are infection, overdressing, immunizations, and other causes. Viral infections are the most common cause of fever in children of all ages. If a child of any age has ear pain, pain with urinations, or a productive cough, he/she should be seen by a physician.
Children and teens typically have fever if their temperature is above the following levels:
- Oral (mouth) temperature 99.5º F
- Axillary (under the arm) temperature 99º F
- Rectal (bottom) temperature 100.4º F
If a fever is suspected, kiss or feel the forehead, which will be warm. Call a doctor about need for a visit if:
· An infant 3 months old or younger has a rectal temperature of 100.4º F
· A child between 3 months and 3 years old has a rectal temperature of 102.2º F or higher.
Treat all fevers with extra fluids, but do not force a child to drink. Popsicles and iced drinks are helpful. Minimize clothing and bed covers. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen both reduce fever. Consult a physician about which to give if the child is 2 years old or younger. Do not give aspirin.