Sunday House Call, #856, October 30, 2022: The 2 AM infant respiratory exam

With RSV and flu taking hold, what can you do when your young child has a respiratory infection that is affecting their breathing? When should you seek medical attention and when can you safely go back to bed when they awake at 2 AM with a cough?

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Fever in children

With babies and younger children, it can be hard to know when to speak with a doctor. Call your pediatrician if:

  • your baby is less than 3 months old and has a fever.
  • your baby is between 3 months and 3 years old and has a temperature of 102°F (38.9°C).
  • your child is 3 years or older and has a temperature of 103°F (39.4°C).

Seek medical care if your baby or child has a fever and:

  • has difficulty breathing
  • struggles to drink liquids
  • is under 3 months old
  • has a temperature over 104°F (40°C)
  • is shivering for more than 30 minutes
  • is inconsolable, especially when touched or moved
  • is unable to move an arm or leg as normal
  • appears dehydrated by low urine amounts, dry mouth, and no tears with crying
  • has pain with urination
  • appears very ill

Your questions about COVID vaccine and persistent cold symptoms