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A 29-year-old member asked:

can fevers cause brain trauma and damage?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: The typical fevers of childhood illnesses do not cause brain trauma and damage. If the fever is caused by an infection of the brain (meningitis or encephalitis), the infection can cause damage but not the fever. Fevers from heat stroke (in the 107 degree range or more) may cause brain damage but these are not typical fevers of childhood. They result from exposure to extreme heat.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: No only at very high levels, above 105 degrees, and for prolonged periods of time. Think babies being left in a car on a 90 degree day type scenario. The fevers typical obtained through infection and inflammation (100-104) are not going to cause brain damage or trauma.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: Fever is part of the immune system, and helps your child fight off infection. Children tolerate even high fevers very well. There is no damage to your child from the fever itself. Fever is a sign that there is illness, so your doctor will evaluate to find out what is causing the fever.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: A healthy child who gets fever will not get brain damage from the fever. If a child gets a severe illness, such as an infection in the brain, the child may develop brain damage, but that damage was not caused by the fever. Fever is a sign that tells parents to observe the child, and then contact a doctor if any unusual symptoms begin; or contact a doctor right away if the child is <3 months old.

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How can I treat my baby or toddler's fever?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
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Depends: Fever is a symptom and by itself may not need treatment. It is the underlying reason for the fever that is important. Fever in children less than 2-3 months and in very ill acting infants should be evaluated by someone familiar with children's health care. When treating fever Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are the common medications used in the country. Care should be used not to use too much.
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Why do infants get fevers?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Immune response: Fever is part of the bodies "immune" response to getting infected, and is actually useful to help prevent the germs from multiplying. Other parts of the immune response include development of antibodies to fight the infection, but that takes much more time than developing a fever.
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How can I manage a fever in the third trimester?

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Tylenol (acetaminophen): For a minor fever, such as below 103.5 degrees f you can use tylenol (acetaminophen) as directed.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How are febrile seizures treated?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Treat the fever: Febrile seizures rarely are dangerous to the child if managed well. More risk is the illness and the child's overall health. Medication can be given at onset to stop the seizure. Daily medication is no longer recommended.
A 21-year-old female asked:

What effects does acohol and smoking have on brain tumor? How can I care for someone with brain tumor?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Part of the team: Brain tumors are either benign or malignant and are either primary or due to tumors elsewhere in the body. Any patient with brain tumor needs a team support. There may be a surgeon, cancer specialist, neurologist, radiation specialist, chemotherapy team, rehab therapists, psychological support, etc. You can help by being part of the team. Alcohol in small amounts should not harm but no smoking.

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