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Your child’s body is raising its temperature to kill the germs. In most cases it’s harmless and goes away on its own in 3 days. What You Should Do. Acetaminophen can lower your child’s temperature. In addition to your pediatrician, a pediatric infectious disease specialist   and a pediatric rheumatologist might be helpful if your child has a prolonged fever.

To help your doctors narrow down what is causing your child’s fever, consider. Common fever reducers you can give to children include Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen), although ibuprofen is usually only given to infants over 6 months of age. Aspirin should not be given to a child or teen for fever or pain relief as it may trigger a rare, but possibly fatal condition called Reye’s syndrome. Call your doctor if your child has a fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat, belly pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, dizziness, or just doesn’t feel well. If your child has been near someone with coronavirus or been in an area where lots of people have coronavirus, tell the doctor.

Unless advised otherwise by your child’s healthcare provider, call the provider right away if: Your child is 3 months old or younger and has a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. Get medical care right away. Fever in a young baby can be a sign of a dangerous infection.

Cool your child safely. Use a cool compress or give your child a bath in cool or lukewarm water. Your child’s fever may not go down right away after his or her bath. Wait 30 minutes and check his or her temperature again. Do not put your child in a cold water or ice bath.

In general, seek medical care if your baby is less than three months old and has any fever at all. If your baby is older than that, you don’t have to see a. Give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). If your child is age 6 months or older, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) is OK, too.

Read the label carefully for proper dosage. Don’t give aspirin to an infant or toddler. Call the doctor if the fever doesn’t respond to the medication or. Prolonged fever can lead to dehydration.

Sponge bath: Apply a lukewarm sponge bath to help lower your child’s temperature. Do not put your child in cold water or use rubbing alcohol to try to cool him/her off. Rubbing alcohol, inhaled or absorbed through the skin, can be toxic. Resting, staying hydrated and sleeping are typically helpful.

If your child is currently well enough to be cared for at home, give them fluids, medicines for fever and pain, and make sure they rest.

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The treatment for influenza is to keep the child comfortable: Have her rest at home until her temperature remains normal for twenty-four hours; offer fluids that appeal to the child every hour or even half hour, but do not force them; and give her acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the fever and aches.

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Between the ages of one and five years, children may develop a fever as high as 104°F, sometimes even higher, with the onset of a mild infection such as a cold, a sore throat, or the flu, just as they would with a serious infection.

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Most experts don’t recommend treating fever in toddlers unless it is at least 102°F or unless a feverpain-reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) is needed to make a toddler more comfortable (especially at bedtime).

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Treatment Whenever your infant or young child has a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius) or higher for twenty-four hours, call your pediatrician, even if there are no other symptoms.

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Treat the fever as a normal illness, and immediately give the child a lukewarm shower or bath to reduce body temperature rapidly.

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A rectal temperature of 38.0° C is generally considered to be a clinically significant fever in an infant less than 3 months old, necessitating a thorough laboratory workup, whereas a toddler with a temperature of 39.5° C and an upper respiratory infection may not need any workup beyond a thorough history and physical.

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When children have fever above 102°F with a cold, flu, sore throat, or another contagious disease, they usually lose their appetite in the beginning, especially for solids.

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Manage fever by increasing fluids, giving cool baths, administration of acetaminophen (Tylenol) orally or by suppository.

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Contact your health care provider or go to emergency if your child has any of the following symptoms: • Your child is younger than 3 months old and has a fever of a temperature over 38.5°C. • Your child develops a rash and does not go away when you apply pressure to it with your fingers (blanching).

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If the child’s temperature rises or persists for several days, call his or her doctor.

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  • i keep getting fever because i have a cold and ive missed 4 days of school from it

    temp;varies but usually 100. 10
    IM VERY COLD LIKE IM UNDER 20430249 SHEETS AND IM STILL FREEZING-
    my tummy hurty
    and i feel tired
    ;(

  • i’m 13. and have a really high fever. i always have tonsil stones, and feel very tired and weak. at my age, i should be taking pills and the doctor prescribed me some but i just can’t. i literally start having a panic attack. help!!!

  • Omg I have a fever cuse I’m in my room and the a.c. is not on yet I’m freezing cold and I feel warm i took a small nap earlier and I also feel week to do anything

  • Fever is the only illness I don’t mind. It’s good for you (if it doesn’t reach 40+ degrees), it just makes you feel tired but if you lie down, you feel much better, you don’t have to go to school and stay in bed all day xD

  • Omg I was soo scared because I thought I had a brain tumor, but all of my symptoms match with the symptoms of a fever
    Keep up the great work!

  • I could hardly eat McDonald’s and that’s really weird to me I’ve been tossing and turning all night I thought it was near 7am where I get ready for school but nope it’s only 12 o’clock this is going to be the longest hours of my life

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  • The highest fever I had was 104.9 my normal temp is 99.6 but every time I got a fever this happens..
    1.i get asthma attacks or worse
    2.i got a flu witch made it worse
    3.i get itchy and my skin starts getting red
    4.i almost can get surgery
    5.i get my fevers over 100.4
    6.i DONT think it’s important but I throw up or get sick when I eat chicken nuggets
    7.my mom has to spend over 200$ or 300$ for medications
    8.i missed almost 40 days of school this year
    9.i always had to talk with my principal
    10.i would have to get shots more then 5 times a year
    11.id never eat for at least a week
    12.id never want to go to the nurse
    13.i would always have to move schools
    14…………

  • So once in my lifetime (I’m 13) I’ve had a very high fever. It was so high it was considered fatal. The temperature it reached was around 106.0 and I was cold, sick, coughing, vomiting, and extremely hot to were it felt cold. I survived it luckily and I still can’t believe a fever could be that high.

  • i have a 102.1 fever. if i hadent took my temp to try and skip school id just think its a cold. i feel fine otherwise… Knock on wood

  • I had an ambulance pick me up the other day for cocaine addiction, the paramedics looked at each other. Made me chew 3 tylenol. Im REALLY going through alot know. Chills unbelievably. HEADACHES. Sore nose & throat bad. This really sucks

  • What if I have a temp of 100.3?? �� naa but fr thhough I still feel trembly, kinda even distant from reality? If that makes sense?? Idk. It’s funny how I rarely get fevers but when I do, it’s the trembly kind. And on a Saturday. A Saturday I have to work I might add

  • There may be an increase in mortality by 5% in influenza cases if you artificially lower the temperature.
    https://youtu.be/md6BGwGnekw

  • My child had a Febrile Seizure and it was pretty scary. The video says it’s rare but its most common in infants to 3 years old. Its when the body’s temperature spikes from normal to very high too quickly, rather than a gradual increase. The body shuts down and goes into a seizure. I didn’t know what was happening at first, but I quickly realized she was having a seizure. I never knew at that point in time It was caused by her fever. Wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone.

  • Wow:), mine is 102.2 and I’m dying cause my whole body hurts and i have a stomachache and headache so:))… I’m trying to be positive about that

  • in january at exactly new year, i had my fever and it lasted for 9 days!!! when i was about to go asleep my temp was like 39 c. i had a dream about me drinking water but i still cant feel it (idk sounds weird) and when i woke up i realized that im really thirsty and my throat is dry i feel like im gonna die at that moment.

  • One time while my mom was little she had a fever and it was very high which made her see the flowers on the curtains dancing

    Btw I have had the same at this age some days ago and I saw my favorite game pg3d and I threw a lot a slime and killed people with it (I was also watching the worst rated slimes on tv at this time so no wonder)

  • Bruh, I currently have a fever, I even drank a tea and water fastly at the same time and then I threw up, it’ll go away of course but DAMN I hate it

  • About five months ago I had a recurring fever and my head hurt when I moved and I was extremely dizzy and it left me with couch that lasted three months and now I have a fever again

  • Omg thank you! I try to tell the older lady at my job that fevers are good for you & she looks at me like I’m nuts… no lady, you are nuts. There’s a reason you get a fever, DUH! It helps you get better faster than if you suppress it the entire time. She takes antibiotics everytime she’s congested it’s nuts. I hardly ever take any medicine when I’m sick. Fluids & rest are what you need!!

  • I have a fever and bro the chills is the ridiculous part. I’m 18 and I have never felt so cold but sweating bullets at the same time.and feel so heated but shivering my ass off all at once. then me abdomen is the worst aching part of me body I can’t lie down without feeling like I need to stretch and twist me abdomen but when I stretch it hurts. this suck.then the headaches the dizziness It all started off yesterday with just back pain. hopefully this’ll be me last sick day. then I didn’t get no real sleep at night�� my head was irritated because of all the sweat that was dripping from it I didn’t eat anything me stomach kept aching had me feeling like a lil girl��I refuse to go thru this ever again. I don’t know what could’ve started this but I was outside the day before with a little bomber jacket on standing waiting for some one for like 20 min �� it was like 34 degrees in Chicago

  • My child had 107.7 (42.1 C) today! What a panic moment. I gave her paracetamol and called the hospital (it was 2 am). They told me to check after 30 minutes if the temperature drops half a degree. If not, I should come in. Luckily it dropped super fast and now she’s normal. Ayayay

  • Dang it, this doesn’t feel good. I went for a run in the heat at about 80 or more degrees, and I got back home and took a very cold shower, right when I stepped into the shower I knew I screwed up:( gonna try some Oj����

  • My nephew of 13 months has a fever of 40c and my family refuse to take him to the hospital����I don’t know what to do I’m panicking by myself. I don’t have money and I can’t drive and no one will listen to me

  • Help…my temperature is 41….help…..
    I feel dizzy…I can’t sleep or eat….my lungs hurts (idk what u call it)….I can’t breathe at all….all of my body hurts ������ I can’t move myself or my body especially my legs….when I walk and half faint….please pray for me it hurts so bad ����

    I’m 10 years old…almost 11 please pray for me I’m not lying IT HURTS SO BAD ����������������

  • 2:35am it’s been 2hrs. My kid’s fever is 40degrees. Really worried. She have colds, but still ate ice cream. Now this. I wipe herwith cold face towel. Down to 39…still high as normal is 36.

  • I feel like I have fever because the last time I had fever is when my head started hurting and my head is feeling so BAD rn it’s like my brain is sore it’s killing me

  • I’m 11 years old, almost 12. When I eat, I always vomit. At night, I’m dizzy and feel like I’m sleeping sideways. My fever is 103.2 degrees.

  • I am 14 and have a fever..
    I barely want to eat.. But I drink water continuously..
    I sometimes get so hot and sleep for 8 hours a day.. I sometimes even cough when my sleeping position change

  • I got a fever and its 109 d.c. what do I do.My mom and dad both are workers (I’m 11 and I spend most of the time alone so I received a phone for communication)

  • I remember I had a fever as a kid, I remember the Orderlys and Nurses gave me a fast cold bath to break my fever, than I spent 3 days in the children’s ward recovering while my parents were in Alberta Canada visiting relatives and left my babysitter to bring me to the children’s wards in the hospital to recover from a bad fever.

  • Guys once it hits 104.0 GO TO THE DOCTOR your at chance of applelexci (I don’t know how to spell it)
    It’s basically when you hallucinate it also makes you INCREDIBLY DIZZY and it could damage your brain BADLY

  • I had a fever before it was making me an optixal illsuion from my brain to my eyes it was the worst time i had fever i had 100° of a headache and a full fever and dizziness

    My age is:9 years old

  • I have a bad fever at school I got it then I wouldn’t even eat anything and last night I went to sleep at 5:00 am cause I’m SO sweaty

  • when I have a fever I start having a seizure and I’ll start shaking really bad and be very cold but my head is really hot and I’ll get earaches and I start crying cuz it hurts so bad but I can’t control the crying it just sucks

  • It sucks because u wake up in the middle of the night and u try to go back to sleep but u start shaking so u adjust ur blanket and u just can’t go back to sleep and feel sweaty hot and cold sometimes

  • Please do not publish wrong information. By saying fever is common cause, you are making patients demand antibiotics. Increased body metabolic rate can increase body temperature, Infection is one of the causes. Exercise, emotional turmoil (anger), after eating your body temperature can increase. Increased body temperature on its own is not necessarily a sign of infection and doctors must not prescribe antibiotics because viruses (common) are not killed. Please do not publish information that are not accurate. Download my app Dr Maya or read my book http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-001078913/MAYA.aspx.