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When to call the pediatrician?

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Determining when to call the pediatrician is often a difficult judgment call for parents.

One of the biggest concerns should fevers. The younger the child, the more serious a fever can be.

"With any newborn, any fever low grade we worry about and you want you to call the pediatrician immediately," pediatrician Dr. Kristina Lahtinin-Aley said. "There is that old wise tale, you don't want to let the fever go too high, or your child’s brain will, you know, melt or something, people worry about it, but the best bet is to call the pediatrician."

Older school age kids can tolerate higher fevers. Some fevers can be managed at home fever reducers.

"Lots of cool tubs lightly dressed and make sure they are drinking. Most kids with fevers really stop drinking and that is the bigger concern because they are more likely to become dehydrated," Dr. Lahtinin-Aley said.

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