Take note, we’re no doctors. If you’re worried about your child, go and see a medical professional! We’re just a bunch of dads sharing our experience on things. Do not take what we say as the truth of all truths!
As a general rule, if your child is not improving after 48 hours, or is getting worse, take them to see your GP.
The thing more common that fever in children is the fear of fever in parents. Do not freak out if the child is a bit warmer than usual, it’s most likely a sign that their body is fighting an infection. Granted, it can develop in a full flu (or worse) but not all fevers are red alerts.
But there are times you should call your GP if your child has a fever.
Your baby is under the age of 2 or 3 months.
Get in touch with the doctor if he has any fever at all, even a temperature as low as 38 degrees.
Your baby is older than 3 months and also has other symptoms.
If he’s weak or vomiting in addition to a high temperature, check with the doctor. Same goes if his fever lasts for more than 3 days.
Your child has a high fever.
Call your GP right away if your child’s temperature goes above 40 degrees. Be extra quick about it if he has other symptoms, such as a rash, trouble breathing, trouble waking, persistent vomiting, or diarrhea.
Speaking of which…
Now that we’re touching on the subject of vomiting and diarrhea. If it’s a single episode, there’s no need to worry. If it persists, though, then dehydration becomes a concern and you need to make sure to keep the child hydraded in any way possible — water, soups, liquids in general.
Again though, we’re no doctors. If you’re worried about your child, go and see a medical professional!