A fever is the body’s natural reaction to illness, injury, or infection. It causes the body’s internal temperature to rise above normal levels. Normal body temperature for babies and children ranges from 97.9 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit. If your baby, toddler, or young child has an internal body temperature between 98.7 and 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit that lasts more than 24 hours, they have a low-grade fever.
If your child has a low-grade fever without other symptoms of illness and is not showing signs of lethargy, try these at-home strategies to break it:
Seek urgent medical care in the following situations:
Visit your doctor or local urgent care center if the fever is accompanied by other symptoms like excessive tiredness or lethargy, ear pain, diarrhea, moderate vomiting (without the presence of blood), or a sore throat. If your child has a fever with severe symptoms, like vomiting with or without the presence of blood, visit your nearest emergency room.
Children with a high-grade fever, which is anything over 100 degrees Fahrenheit when taken orally or 99 degrees Fahrenheit when taken axillary (under the arm), should seek urgent medical attention at your nearest urgent care center within the first 24 hours to avoid medical complications.
Coastal Urgent Care of Baton Rouge is equipped to safely treat a persistent or severe fever with or without additional mild to moderate symptoms. Our skilled specialists can quickly diagnose your problem and provide appropriate treatment and/or medication, so you can start feeling better fast. We welcome walk-in appointments 7 days a week.