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Converting Celsius to Fahrenheit
Normal temperatures in children are (according to the Canadian Pediatric Society):
Children often feel warm to the touch when they have a fever. To confirm that your child has a fever, use a thermometer to measure your child’s body temperature. If your child’s temperature is higher than normal, they have a fever.
Fevers are a sign that your child’s body is fighting an infection and the best way to treat your child is to keep them hydrated and comfortable. Most children will get better on their own in 3 to 5 days.
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen
Myth #1: Fevers Cause Brain Damage
Myth #2: Fevers are Bad for Children
Myth #3: Fevers Should Always Respond to Anti-Fever Medicines
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care.
Seek immediate medical attention if:
Know your options
It can be scary when your child is sick. But in most cases, you don’t need to go to the emergency department. If you’re unsure, visit ahs.ca/options to learn about the options so you can get the care you need.
The Alberta Health Services HEAL (Health Education and Learning) program was created by a team of doctors, nurses and other clinical staff who work at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Stollery Children’s Hospital, to support families and patients with up-to-date and useful information about common childhood health concerns. Learn more at ahs.ca/heal.
To see this information online and learn more, visit: ahs.ca/heal/page12428.aspx
Fever in children: HEAL
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Alberta Health Services
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