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Why do infants and toddlers get fevers?

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Dr. Jeffrey Min
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Infection

Infants and toddlers usually get fevers due to their bodies response to an infection (usually viral or bacterial).
Substances are secreted by your body when fighting an infection that changes the thermostat in your brain (hypothalamus) to increase the temperature of the body. The fever is helpful for the body to fight infection.

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In brief: Infection

Infants and toddlers usually get fevers due to their bodies response to an infection (usually viral or bacterial).
Substances are secreted by your body when fighting an infection that changes the thermostat in your brain (hypothalamus) to increase the temperature of the body. The fever is helpful for the body to fight infection. Talk to a doctor now › ›
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Dr. Jeffrey Min
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Dr. Thad Woodard
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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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In brief: 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. Would you like to talk to a doctor now? ›
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Dr. Thad Woodard
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Reaction with germs

Infants' and toddlers' fevers are often from infections.
Germs such as viruses and bacteria interact with a child's immune system . . . Resulting in fever. Fevers may also occur from non-infection types of illnesses, but these illnesses are uncommon. A doctor can help decide the cause of a fever.

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In brief: Reaction with germs

Infants' and toddlers' fevers are often from infections.
Germs such as viruses and bacteria interact with a child's immune system . . . Resulting in fever. Fevers may also occur from non-infection types of illnesses, but these illnesses are uncommon. A doctor can help decide the cause of a fever. Would you like a more personalized answer to your question? ›
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics , 25 years in practice
Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
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In brief: Infection

A fever, (a temperature of 100.
4 or highter) is a sign that your baby's body is fighting an infection. Call your doctor right away if your baby is 8 weeks or younger and has a fever. Sometimes vaccinations can cause mild fever.

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In brief: Infection

A fever, (a temperature of 100.
4 or highter) is a sign that your baby's body is fighting an infection. Call your doctor right away if your baby is 8 weeks or younger and has a fever. Sometimes vaccinations can cause mild fever. Connect with a doctor now ›
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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics , 10 years in practice
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: To Kill Germs

Fever is your body's way of killing germs.
It is a natural and important response to infection. Check out http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=q83hamgyc6c and http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=zkoevqtnkis.

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In brief: To Kill Germs

Fever is your body's way of killing germs.
It is a natural and important response to infection. Check out http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=q83hamgyc6c and http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=zkoevqtnkis. Talk to a doctor now › ›
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics , 17 years in practice
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics

In brief: Immune response

Fever is a response to infection.
My simplistic explanation is that the immune system raises the thermostat to cook the germ out of the body.Many times the infection (viral or bacterial) will burn itself out after a few days. The immune system is pretty amazing. If the fever persists or continues to rise, see a pediatrician to make sure infection has not progressed to needing intervention.

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In brief: Immune response

Fever is a response to infection.
My simplistic explanation is that the immune system raises the thermostat to cook the germ out of the body.Many times the infection (viral or bacterial) will burn itself out after a few days. The immune system is pretty amazing. If the fever persists or continues to rise, see a pediatrician to make sure infection has not progressed to needing intervention. Get your question answered live by a real doctor ›
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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