Management of fever in young infants

M. Douglas Baker, Jeffrey R. Avner

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Abstract

Management of the febrile young infant remains a source of consternation for parent and practitioner alike. Although the risk of serious bacterial illness in well-appearing febrile infants younger than 2 months old without a source of infection on physical examination is small, the absence of reliable clinical signs makes diagnosis difficult. For many years, a sepsis evaluation, routine hospitalization, and empiric antibiotic therapy was the rule. However, recent prospective studies have shown that a select group of febrile infants who meet low-risk criteria consisting of clinical and laboratory parameters, may be managed a as outpatients. This article reviews the epidemiology of febrile illness in infants younger than 2 months old. Recent prospective research is reviewed with an emphasis on differences in screening criteria and the subsequent effect on outcome. A management strategy based on these data is proposed. Copyright copy; 2000 by W.B. Saunders Company.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-108
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Volume1
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000

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Fever
Physical Examination
Sepsis
Epidemiology
Hospitalization
Outpatients
Prospective Studies
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Infection
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Therapeutics

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  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Baker, M. D., & Avner, J. R. (2000). Management of fever in young infants. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1(2), 102-108.

Management of fever in young infants. / Baker, M. Douglas; Avner, Jeffrey R.

In: Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2000, p. 102-108.

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Baker, MD & Avner, JR 2000, 'Management of fever in young infants', Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 102-108.
Baker, M. Douglas ; Avner, Jeffrey R. / Management of fever in young infants. In: Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 2000 ; Vol. 1, No. 2. pp. 102-108.
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