TIP TUESDAY: Newborn fever

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TIP TUESDAY: A fever in a newborn is not the same as a fever in an older infant or child and should be considered a medical emergency. Before three months of age, infants are at greater risk for serious bacterial infections. These infections can spread quickly in the bloodstream and cross into the brain, as the protective blood-brain barrier is still developing. 👶🏻 Alarmingly, newborns may often lack the signs and symptoms of a serious infection that one might expect. It is essentially impossible to tell if their infection is due to a less-concerning viral illness or a more serious bacterial infection, just by looking at them. Seeking immediate medical attention is critical to determine what further testing your baby may need to decipher the type of infection they have. 🏥

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