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Child Health

Fever

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Fevers are not unusual in children. This is how your child’s body fights infection from a virus or bacteria. It’s more important to focus on how your child is behaving when they’re not feeling well, instead of how high the fever is. One of the best things you can do is to try to keep them comfortable.

If you are worried your child has a fever, you can use a thermometer to measure their body temperature. When taken by mouth, normal body temperature is 35.5 to 37.5°C.

You should see a doctor right away if your child:

  • is less than 3 months old and has a fever
  • still looks sick even after you have given medicine for their fever
  • is having trouble breathing
  • is dehydrated (dry mouth, no pee, no tears)
  • has a stiff or painful neck
  • has a rash that looks like tiny bruises on their body

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Current as of: March 13, 2017

Author: Health Education and Learning Program (HEAL), Alberta Health Services