Height of fever and invasive bacterial infection.
Objective: We aimed to evaluate the association of height of fever with invasive bacterial infection (IBI) among febrile infants
Methods: In a secondary analysis of a multicentre case-control study of non-ill-appearing febrile infants
Results: The median temperature was higher for infants with IBI (38.8°C; IQR 38.4-39.2) compared with those without IBI (38.4°C; IQR 38.2-38.9) (p
Conclusions: Although IBI is more likely with higher temperatures, height of fever alone should not be used for risk stratification of febrile infants.
Archives of disease in childhood
accident & emergency; infectious diseases
Michelson KA, Neuman MI, Pruitt CM, et al. Height of fever and invasive bacterial infection. Arch Dis Child. 2021;106(6):594-596. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2019-318548