Is fever in a newborn always dangerous?

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A fever in babies can be one of the scariest symptoms for parents, especially when that fever is high or the baby is only a few weeks old. A fever isn't an illness -- it's a symptom of one. A fever usually indicates that the body is fighting an illness. If your baby has a fever, in most instances it means he has picked up a cold or other viral infection. Although they are less common in infants, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, ear infection, or a more serious bacterial infection, meningitis, may be causing a fever. If required, please proceed to the nearest hospital.

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