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.
- Give fever reducing medications as directed by your provider.
- Ensure they get enough fluid to drink to prevent dehydration.
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, and 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