When to call the doctor for a cold or cough?
Generally speaking, there's no need to call the doctor right away unless you notice your child's running a high fever for his age:
- Your baby is younger than 3 months and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher.
- Your baby is 3 to 6 months and has a rectal temperature of 101 degrees F or higher.
- Your child is older than 6 months and has a rectal temperature of 103 degrees F or higher.
You should also alert the pediatrician if you notice any of the following conditions:
- Your baby's very dehydrated: Hasn't had a wet diaper in six hours, has a dry mouth and has few or no tears when she cries.
- Cold symptoms don't start to improve after five days (could indicate it's something else, like bronchitis, a sinus infection or even pneumonia).
- Your kid seems very fussy, tired and out of it, even with no fever.
- Your child's breathing is rapid or labored.
- Your child refuses to drink (a sign she may have trouble breathing).
Copyright © 2007 Meredith Corporation. Updated October 2008.
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