Fevers and Illness
Fevers occur when the body's normal temperature range of 96.8ºF rises, and fevers are common in babies. If your baby is younger than three months and has a fever higher than 99.5ºF (37.5ºC), seek medical advice. Likewise if your baby is aged between three and six months and her fever does not drop after one dose of infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen (whichever your child's pediatrician recommends), or if the fever lasts longer than 24-28 hours and there is no obvious cause such as a cough or cold. When in doubt call the pediatrician. If you are unsure if your baby's symptoms are serious, it is better to call the doctor.