Fever 0-3 Months Care Instruction

Fever, 0 to 3 Months: After Your Child's Visit

Your Care Instructions

A fever is a high body temperature. It's one way the body fights illness.

Babies with a fever often have an infection caused by a virus, such as a cold or the flu. Infections caused by bacteria also can cause a fever. A urinary infection and bacterial pneumonia are examples. Babies younger than 3 months should be seen by a doctor anytime they have a fever.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

How can you care for your child at home?

  • Look at how your baby acts to see how sick he or she is. Don't rely on temperature alone. Care at home may be all that is needed if your baby:
    • Is comfortable and alert.
    • Eats well and drinks enough fluids.
    • Urinates as usual.
    • Seems to be getting better.
  • Dress your baby in light clothes or pajamas. Don't wrap your baby in blankets.

When should you call for help?

Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • Your baby seems very sick or is hard to wake up.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your baby seems to be getting sicker.
  • The fever gets much higher.
  • There are new or worse symptoms along with the fever, such as a cough, a rash, or vomiting.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • The fever hasn't gone down after 24 hours.
  • Your child does not get better as expected.

Care instructions adapted under license by Slm. This care instruction is for use with your licensed healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.