What's to high of a fever for a 4 year old

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102.2°F (39°C) or higher is considered high. 

Kids whose temperatures are lower than 102°F (38.9°C) often don't need medicine unless they're uncomfortable. 

If your child is between 3 months and 3 years old and has a fever of 102.2°F (39°C) or higher, call to see if your doctor needs to see your child.

For older kids, take behavior and activity level into account. Watching how your child behaves will give you a pretty good idea of whether a minor illness is the cause or if your child should be seen by a doctor.

Activities to watch out include:

  • being interested in playing
  • eating and drinking well
  • being alert and smiling at you
  • having a normal skin color
  • looking well when his or her temperature comes down

There's one important exception: If an infant 3 months or younger has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, call your doctor or go to the emergency department immediately. Even a slight fever can be a sign of a potentially serious infection in very young babies.

For a 4-year-old when the temperature is higher than 104°F you need to take the kid to ER. 

Call a doctor when:

  • You think the child needs medical attention.
  • The child is younger than 3 months old with a rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher.
  • The child is 3 to 6 months old with a temperature of 101 F or higher or has had any fever for more than one day.
  • The child is older than 6 months and younger than a year with a temperature of 103 F or higher or has had any fever more than one day.
  • The child is 1 to 2 years old with a high fever lasting more than 24 hours.
  • The child is any age with a temperature of 104 F or higher.
  • The soft spot on the child’s skull is bulging.
  • The child vomits repeatedly or has severe diarrhea.
  • The child has signs of dehydration, such as not wetting diapers, crying without tears, dry mouth or mucous membranes, or sunken soft spot.
  • The fever triggers a seizure.
  • The child has a fever and a rash.
  • Your child is at special risk for serious infections. This includes children with blood or immune disorders, or any child who has not received the routine immunizations.

Put ice on the forehead to lower the temperature. 

Always keep the kid hydrated.

Can give  acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Never use Aspirin unless your doctor says so.

Lukewarm sponge baths can help temporarily.

Never use rubbing alcohol. Alcohol can be absorbed via skin and damage kid's liver. 

Dress the kid with lightweight loose clothes, keep the room temperature comfortable, not too warm not too cool. 

My experience, the baby's hands and feet are cold, he's going to have a high fever shortly. When the baby's hands and feet are warm, the condition is much improved.