7 week old has a fever

Monet - posted on 12/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 7 week old baby started to have a fever yesterday. My babysitter told me that her fever was about 99.6. I called the nurse she told me to call again if her fever reached 100.4. Have anybody have this experience? She was o.k. last night, her fever went up to 100, and this morning she was about 99.3. I'm worry because she is still very young...

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Louise - posted on 12/21/2010

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Try giving your daughter a bath to reduce her temperature and keep her in a cool room. I would take her to the doctors if she does not feed well or is reacting differently or seems generally unwell. Babies at this age can become ill quite quickly so for peace of mind take her to the doctors.

Kate CP - posted on 12/21/2010

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You shouldn't give fever reducers unless she's running a fever of over 102. If it reaches 103 take her to the ER. Until then strip her down to just a cotton onesie (nothing heavy) and keep her head cool with damp wash cloths. Call the doctor if you're concerned.

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It's fairly normal for babies to get many fevers in their first year. It's how the body fights off illnesses. Kate and Louise gave good advice about stripping her down and keeping her cool with a damp clothe. It can be a scary thing for such a young baby to have a fever, but know that it's pretty normal. And don't be shy about going to the doctor if at any time you are worried.

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Amanda - posted on 12/21/2010

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Call your family doctor right away if your child is:



Younger than 3 months of age, call your doctor right away if your baby's temperature is 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. Call your doctor even if your child doesn't seem sick. Babies this young can get very sick quickly.



Three months of age to 6 months of age, call your doctor if your baby has a temperature of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher, even if your baby doesn't seem sick.



Six months of age and older and has a fever of 102°F (38.8°C) to 102.9°F (39.4°C), watch how he or she acts. Call your doctor if the fever rises or lasts for more than 2 days.



Six months of age and older and has a fever of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher, call your doctor even if your child seems to feel fine.



Call your doctor if your baby or child has any of these warning signs

•Constant vomiting or diarrhea

•Dry mouth

•Earache or pulling at ears

•Fever comes and goes over several days

•High-pitched crying

•Irritability

•No appetite

•Pale appearance

•Seizures

•Severe headache

•Skin rash

•Sore or swollen joints

•Sore throat

•Stiff neck

•Stomach pain

•Swelling of the soft spot on an infant’s head

•Unresponsiveness or limpness

•Wheezing or problems breathing

•Whimpering

Phyllis - posted on 12/21/2010

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Everything I have ever read says that a child under 3 months with ANY fever needs to see a doctor immediately.

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