A fever is a high body temperature.
Fever is the body's normal reaction to infection and other illnesses, both minor and serious. Fevers help the body fight infection. In most cases, fever means your child has a minor illness. Often you must look at your child's other symptoms to determine how serious the illness is. Although it may be scary when your child's temperature goes up, a fever often does not harm your child.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger, MD & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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