I wouldn't rush to the hospital unless the temperature was very high, over about 104 - 105. If the temperature is under 102, use fever reducing medicine (tylenol, advil) only if the child is acting sick. A low grade fever means that the body is fighting the infection. If temperature is over 102, give tylenol or advil according to instructions. If child is still feverish tomorrow, go to the doctor.
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I would take a 2 year old at 103. You can definitely call your pediatrician's office and ask their advice though. Also, if you can get him/her into the regular doctor today it will cost a lot less than the hospital.
(Also go by how your child is acting. If s/he is lethargic, unresponsive. etc. go to the hospital)
Call the doctor if your baby is older than 6 months and has a temperature of 103 degrees F (39.4 degrees C) or higher. http://www.babycenter.com/0_fever_84.bc#...
Fever. Mild fevers are common and usually harmless. Contact the doctor if your baby seems unusually irritable, lethargic or uncomfortable. If your baby has an oral temperature of 102 F (38.9 C) or higher, give him or her acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Contact the doctor if the fever doesn't respond to the medication or lasts longer than one day. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy...
As long as the child is responding to you and willing to be comforted, I wouldn't go to the hospital until it was 105. Although I would call the doctor for anything above 103.
Kids are notorious for very high temps. It would take a very very high fever to cause damage.
Best to ring your local hospital and ask for advice.
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At what temperature should you go to the hospital as a 2 year old?