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A 30-year-old female asked:

My 5 year old is having fever . should i check her temp regularly at night? if fever occurs, shoukd i wake her up for medication?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Sleep has more benefit to your child than any chart you might be keeping to follow her illness.Fever actually slows the growth of most germs & speeds a kids metabolism to help them fight the illness. If she wakes, a med may be in order to help her get back to sleep but you can do that based on a warm forehead.There is no need to check her temp. I would concentrate more on fluid needs.
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