Fevers for the most part aren't dangerous and are just the body's natural reaction to fighting off an infection. Most of these infections are viral and may be accompanied by runny nose
, sore throat, congestion, mild rash
, or nothing at all. A perfectly healthy child can have up to 10 colds/viral infections a winter - that's more than once a month! since fevers aren't dangerous, we usually treat the fever with Acetaminophen
just to make the child more comfortable as their body fights the illness. Do not give cold medicines to children
under 6 years of age. Research shows that they do not work for young children and babies and can be dangerous.
"red flags" that we look for with fever to indicate something more serious is going on are:
-fevers that last 5 days or more
-fevers persistently above 104f orally
-a child that acts very sick - very irritable or difficult to wake
, refusal to eat/drink, or dehydration
-a purple rash, esp on the legs
-any complaints of pain such as the ear
, throat, stomach or a joint
as always, use your judgement. If you think that your child is ill, err on the side of caution and call your child's doctor.
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