A to Z Symptom: Feverenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgA fever itself is a symptom, causes no harm, and is often the body's way of fighting infections.fever in baby, fever in babies, fever in toddlers, fever in preschoolers, fever in gradeschoolers, fever in teens, fever in kids, fever in baby, fever in babies, fever in toddlers, fever in preschoolers, fever in gradeschoolers, fever in teens, fever in kids, fevers, fevers, safety, accidents, a to z, glossary, dictionary, definitions, emergency, emergencies, kids with fevers, kids and fevers, fevered, kids with fevers, kids and fevers, fever, fevers, high temperature, celcius, farenheit, thermometers, take a temperature, symptoms, CD1Primary Care01/10/201304/01/201909/02/20196131135e-9979-4ba0-8e40-019a8a45af71https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-fever.html/<p>Most <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fevers</a> are caused by infection or other illness. Fever itself usually causes no harm and helps the body fight infections by stimulating natural defense mechanisms.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <h4><strong>Causes</strong></h4> <p>In a&nbsp;healthy person, a&nbsp;fever usually isn't a sign of anything serious. Although a high temperature&nbsp;can be frightening, a&nbsp;fever can actually be a good thing when it's in response to an infection or illness. Experts believe turning up the heat makes the body a less comfortable place for germs that cause infections.</p> <h4><strong>Treatment</strong></h4> <p>Not all fevers need to be treated. High fever, however, can be&nbsp;uncomfortable and worsen problems such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a>.</p> <p><strong>An important exception:</strong> An infant 3 months or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4&deg;F (38&deg;C) or higher needs immediate medical care. Call your doctor or take the baby to the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/emergency-room.html/">emergency department</a> immediately. Even a mild fever can be a sign of a potentially serious infection in very young babies.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Home care (rest, plenty of fluids) often is enough to manage&nbsp;a fever. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">Acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> can ease discomfort, but kids or teens should not take aspirin, which has been linked to a rare but serious illness called <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/reye.html/">Reye syndrome</a>.</p> <p>Someone with a fever should stay home from school, work,&nbsp;or childcare until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.</p> <div id="khcontent"> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p> </div>
DehydrationSometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/26fa7977-df7d-4ce1-87bd-cfe2b6db096c
Febrile SeizuresFebrile seizures are full-body convulsions caused by high fevers that affect young kids. Although they can be frightening, they usually stop on their own and don't cause any other health problems.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/febrile.html/85d50f3c-9caa-4f88-9a3c-e55ab0a9b537
FeversFevers happen when the body's internal "thermostat" raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body's way of fighting infections.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/42ab5a5d-1c03-493e-acf5-0ac569d1b946
First Aid: FeverFevers are usually not cause for alarm - they're the body's way of fighting infection. Here's what to do if your child has a fever.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever-sheet.html/a6c19239-9b6c-4b0b-b77a-3cfd82992bbd
FluThe flu is a virus that can make you sick for a week or longer. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/flu.html/526672bd-97aa-48f7-a785-4bb0842737b2
Flu FactsEvery year from October to May, millions of people across the United States come down with the flu. Get the facts on the flu - including how to feel better if you get it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/flu.html/acfdcf98-fcf2-42a4-85c2-9285c6192eec
What's a Fever?What are fevers? Why do kids get them? Get the facts on temperatures and fevers in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/fever.html/22e55702-eea3-4144-b11b-c0aec2e4f6e3
Word! FeverYou've probably noticed that sometimes when you're sick, you feel really hot one minute and then freezing cold the next.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-fever.html/4ed65be2-3479-4b8f-86d6-f832a98bf6a4
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