Children and fever

Alternative names
Fever and children


Parents often want to know whether to call a doctor when a child has a fever. If a child experiences any of the symptoms or conditions below, get medical help:

  • Is weak, tired, or lethargic  
  • Has trouble breathing  
  • Is under 3 months of age  
  • Has a stiff neck  
  • Has purple spots on the skin  
  • Has a seizure  
  • If the fever exceeds 103 degrees Fahrenheit  
  • If the fever persists longer than 24 hours even with treatment, or is accompanied by other symptoms (like vomiting)

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Harutyun Medina, M.D.

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