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Fever in a 16 day old baby

My son is 16 days old. when he had his first visit at the ped office they said take temp under arm and add one degree. well i took his temp earlier and it was 98.6 so would that mean he has a low grade temp of 99.6 and would that warrant a call to the doctor?
it's been 3 years since i've had an infant...and i don't want to over look something as simple as a temprature.

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Asked by AustinsMommy306 at 10:55 PM on Feb. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 99.6 is not a fever in an infant

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:55 PM on Feb. 13, 2009


    When dealing with a baby that small you need your Dr's advice NOW.

    My dh ran a fever at about a month for a UTI and had to be hospitalized.

    CALL now just to be safe!

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 10:57 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • I would still call the Dr. just b/c of what happened to my dh......I panic b/c it was so horrible.

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 10:57 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • A normal temperature in infants is 97 to 101.4. If you take it rectally (sp?), it will give you a better reading. A fever over 101 would warrent a call to the doctor, but it doesn't sound like your little one has one.

    Answer by HeatherLeigh at 10:57 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • it seems okay. However if you feel something isn;'t right, go ahead and take him to the emergency room. better safe than sorry. I've lost 2 babies. @ 39 weeks and 2 months.

    Answer by babycakes254 at 10:58 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • Fever
    Because a newborn's immune system is still immature, the baby is at a greater risk of serious infections. Rectal temperatures are the only accurate measure of a fever in a newborn. Accuracy is essential in the first several months, since a fever in a newborn may prompt blood work, testing, injections and sometimes hospitalization. Doctors, generally, advise against a fever reducer (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) during the first two or three months unless under medical supervision (such as after vaccination), since they can mask a fever.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • Call a doctor ...

    If less than 2 months old, rectal temperature of 100.5 degrees F or greater.
    If 2 or 3 months old, temperature of 101 degrees F or greater.
    If older than 3 months, temperature greater than 102, especially if no associated cold symptoms.
    If the baby is breathing rapidly (60 breaths a minute or more) for at least 20 minutes and is not crying.
    If the baby appears blue in areas besides the hands, feet and lips. ... Refuses more than two feedings.
    If the baby is inconsolable for two hours
    Dr. Jim Mitterando is a family doctor at Cohasset Family Practice and a staff member at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • Under their arm is not an accurate measurement for a newborn because you usually have them bundled and they cannot regulate temperature. You need to take the baby's temp rectally (sp?) in order to get an accurate reading.

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 10:59 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

  • Take it rectally if you can. If it's over 100, I would say take him in. In a baby under 2 months, a fever over 100.4 should be seen by a doctor immediately.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 12:16 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • For a baby under 2 months, never hesitate to call the doctor. Tell them HOW you took the temp - where on the body, what type of thermometer. Let them tell you there is no problem. Don't make that decision yourself (or let us) for a baby this young.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:39 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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