Sick Season and Fevers

With children back in school, sick season has begun. With sick season, comes fevers. One of the most
common concerns from parents is fevers.

First let’s define fever. A fever is usually caused by infections from viruses (such as a cold or the flu) or
bacteria (such as strep throat or some ear infections). The fever is a sign that the body is trying to fight
an infection. The fever indicates that the body is doing its job.

Second, what is considered a fever? A fever is a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now that you know your child has a fever there are some things you can do to help your child feel
better.

1. Give fever reducing medications as directed by your provider.
2. Ensure they get enough fluid to drink to prevent dehydration.

So, when does your child need to be seen by a provider?

 Child looks very ill, is unusually drowsy, or is very fussy
 Child has been in a very hot place, such as an overheated car
 Child has other symptoms, such as a stiff neck, headache, sore throat, ear pain, rash, or
repeated vomiting or diarrhea
 Child has signs of dehydration, such as a dry mouth, sunken soft spot or significantly fewer wet
diapers, absence of tears
 Child has immune system problems such as cancer or autoimmune diseases
 Child is younger than 3 months (12 weeks) and has a temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher
 Fever rises above 104°F (40°C) repeatedly for a child of any age
 Your child still “acts sick” once his fever is brought down
 The fever persists for more than 24 hours