Fever Without a Focus Follow-up

Updated: Sep 01, 2021
  • Author: Saul R Hymes, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

All children and infants with a febrile illness without a focus of bacterial infection require close follow-up care and instructions to return if the patient's condition deteriorates. Follow-up visits should be arranged within 24-48 hours after the initial visit.

Tailor medication choice to the source of infection, if known. Administer empiric treatment based on the most likely organisms.

Patients with fever without a focus who fail to improve with outpatient treatment may require hospital admission for further evaluation and treatment.