Author: Dr Wu Lin Chieh, National University of Singapore
Fever is defined as a body temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more. It is daunting for many parents who have to deal with a cranky child with a high fever. However, it is important to note that the degree of fever does not indicate the severity of the illness which causes the fever.
When to bring the baby to see a doctor
If your baby is less than 3 months of age and having a fever, you should be bringing the baby to see a doctor immediately to rule out serious infection. Other warning red flags are lethargy, irritability, poor feeding, persistent vomiting, dehydration, breathing difficulties or poor urine output.
On the other hand, if your child is alert, feeds well and plays as usual despite having a fever, you can monitor the baby closely at home.