At your child’s first checkup, ask your doctor what he or she considers a fever in a baby who is your baby’s age and at what temperature you should call him or her. Also, go over with your doctor what problems you should call about immediately.
When your baby is sick, use a thermometer to check for fever. Place the thermometer under her armpit for four minutes and gently cuddle her while you hold her arm to her side. Always call the doctor when a baby who is three months old or younger has a fever. Your doctor will tell you what to do to help your baby.
When your baby is sick, be sure to pick her up and comfort her. Call your doctor right away if your baby has any of these symptoms:
- A stiff neck, or if she can’t move her head to any position
- A wheezing or crackling noise when she breathes
- Pulling on her ears as if they are painful
- A severe cough or red throat
- A fever of any kind
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