When your baby or infant has a fever

Fever - infant; Fever - baby

The first fever a baby or infant has is often scary for parents. Most fevers are harmless and are caused by mild infections. Overdressing a child may even cause a rise in temperature.

Regardless, you should report any fever in a newborn that is higher than 100.4°F (38°C) (taken rectally) to the child's health care provider.

What to Expect at Home

Eating and Drinking

Treating Your Child's Fever

When to Call the Doctor