In general, call your pediatrician if:
- Your child is unusually fussy, sleepy, cranky, or quiet.
- Your child appears very sick.
- You are unable to lower your child's fever or your child develops other serious symptoms.
- The fever goes away for more than 24 hours and then returns.
- Your child has a fever for more than 72 hours.
- Your child is younger than 3 months with a rectal temperature of more than 100.1° F.
- Your child is 3 to 6 months with a rectal temperature of more than 101° F.
- Your child is 6 to 12 months with a rectal temperature of more than 103° F.
- Your child has a history of febrile seizures.
You also should call if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Your child acts confused or sees/hears things that aren't there.
- Your child has a stiff neck (unable to touch chin to chest).
- Your child has trouble breathing.
- Your child has ear or sore-throat pain.
- Your child has a seizure (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably).
- Your child has a skin rash.
- Your child cries inconsolably.
- Your child is difficult to awaken.
Learn more about when to seek medical attention.