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When Is a Fever Serious?
Fevers aren't usually serious, but occasionally they're a sign of a serious—and possibly dangerous—illness. Keep an eye out for these five symptoms, which could indicate a more serious problem when coupled with a fever:
If you notice these symptoms with a fever, call your pediatrician right away.
In general, it's a good idea to check with your pediatrician if you feel uncomfortable about your child's appearance or behavior, no matter what his temperature is.
Remember, too, that fever is only one sign of illness. Be sure to mention symptoms such as a cough and ear pain (if you suspect it) or vomiting and diarrhea—these help your pediatrician make a diagnosis.