FEVER Fevers are the body's inflammatory response to viral or bacterial illnesses. Temperatures with teething will NOT be greater than 101 degrees. The only reason to treat a fever is to make your child more comfortable and better able to drink fluids. Most children with fever greater than 101 appear ill. Unless your child is less than 2 months old a fever is NOT an emergency. If your child appears ill after their symptoms have been treated, call the doctor. General Guidelines (for fevers without other symptoms*) 0 - 2 mo. rectal temp > 100.5 - Call the Dr. 2-6 mo. rectal temp > 102 - Call during office hrs. for appt. 6 mo. - 3 yr. rectal temp > 101 for 3 days - Call during office hours for appt. 3 yr. and older oral temp > 101 for 3 days - Call during office hours for appt. *Other symptoms include cough, ear pain, sore throat The only accurate measurement of internal temperature is obtained either orally or rectally. All other methods of measuring temperature can help you gauge whether your child's fever is going up or down. It is always OK to treat a fever before an office visit with the doctor.