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A 38-year-old female asked:

my 10 year old niece has very high fever! what could be causing it?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Fever means germs: A fever is bodies natural response to some germ, viral or bacterial, that has invaded the system, fever increases metabolism for the body to make germ fighters, raised heart rate to push the blood around & bring germ fighters to the battle. It could be as simple as a flu or more complex like a kidney infection. Observe, write down all the symptoms & call the answering service for guidance.

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Why do infants and toddlers get fevers?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Infection: By far the most common reason for fever in infants and toddlers are infections, with viral infections being the most common type of infection. The infection triggers the immune system to respond with chemicals that effect an area of the brain with controls temperature.
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What medication should I give my baby for fever?

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Depends: If under 2 months, give nothing and call your doctor asap. Over 2 months can get tylenol (acetaminophen), (acetaminophen) over 6 months can get advil/motrin or the tylenol (acetaminophen). But regardless of age, if febrile and that child isn't acting well, then you need to contact your doctor asap.
A 44-year-old member asked:

If I have a fever in the second trimester, does that put the baby at risk?

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Dr. Timothy Gorski
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Why the fever?: Depends what the fever is from. Most common infections that cause fevers do not hurt your baby. There are some, though, that can - rubella, for example.
A member asked:

Should I take my baby to the doctor if she has a fever over 100 degrees?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: Fever suggests the infant is ill but is not all that reliable in predicting the severity or danger of an illness. A better symptom to use to gauge the need for a visit is how the infant is acting. One bothersome symptom is unusual lethargy and being difficult to arouse. This requires a visit regardless of fever. By the way fever is generally defined as a rectal temperature of 100.4f or greater.
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A 50-year-old female asked:

I've had a fever for 60days. 100-101 can't find a reason for it, it followed a endo ablation and a shot of depo. I'm tired and short/breath BP rising ?

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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Get tested: There are many possible causes of unexplained fever ranging from infection, autoimmune diseases, even certain cancers. Please get tested by a doctor soon.

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