A: Parents expect shivering and sweating with a fever and many are aware that some children get seizures with a fever, but children can also have hallucinations.

Should I see ‎a doctor?
Fever alone depending on the age group is not always a reason to see your doctor. However it is important to ‎know that in infants fever without a cause can be worrisome. Guidelines from the Mayo Clinic say- call your baby’s doctor if your child is:
  • Younger than age 3 months and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher.
  • Between ages 3 to 6 months and has a temperature up to 102 F (38.9 C) and seems unusually irritable, lethargic or uncomfortable or has a temperature higher than 102 F (38.9 C). Personally I think babies under 6 months with fever should be evaluated sooner than later.
  • Between ages 6 to 24 months and has a temperature higher than 102 F (38.9 C) that lasts longer than one day but shows no other symptoms.
  • If your child also has other signs and symptoms, such as a cold, cough or diarrhea, you might call your child’s doctor sooner based on severity.
When in doubt, call your child’s doctor.
So what is a hallucination?
The National Institute of Health calls a hallucination when your child senses things that appear to be real but aren’t. ‎It can involve a feeling, or seeing things or hearing things that are not there.

What causes the hallucination?
We believe that a high fever can interfere with the body’s metabolic process and that leads to the hallucination. It is important always to keep your child safe when having a hallucination.

Dr. Marla Shapiro