First Aid: Feverenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-Fever-enHD.jpgFevers 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.fever, fevers, temperature, high temperature, mild fever, low fever, high fever, climbing fever, cold, symptoms, signs, taking my child's temperature, my child has a fever, my baby has a fever, rectal thermometers, oral thermometers, burning up, hot forehead, home sick from school, fluid loss, soup, gelatin, jello, jell-o, drinks, water, fahrenheit, celsius, degrees, headache, feverish, when is it safe to go back to school, should my child stay home from child care, should my child go to school, diarrhea, electrolyte solutions, pedialyte, vomiting, rashes, aspirin, tylenol, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, motrin, advil, children's motrin, children's tylenol, medicines, pain relievers, emergency medicine, emergency room, general pediatrics, CD1Emergency Medicine10/20/200907/06/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD07/02/2018a6c19239-9b6c-4b0b-b77a-3cfd82992bbdhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>Parents might worry when a child's temperature rises, but <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a> itself causes no harm and can actually be a good thing — often, it's the body's way of fighting infections.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <p>A child who has a fever might be:</p> <ul> <li>fussy</li> <li>uncomfortable</li> <li>warm to the touch</li> <li>flushed</li> <li>sweaty</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>It's best to keep a child home from school or childcare until the temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours. If your child is uncomfortable, here are some ways to relieve symptoms:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Offer plenty of liquids to avoid <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a>.</li> <li>Give <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> based on the doctor's recommendations.&nbsp;<strong>Do not</strong> give aspirin.</li> <li><strong>Never</strong> use rubbing alcohol or cold baths to bring the fever down.</li> <li>Dress your child in lightweight clothing and cover with a light sheet or blanket.</li> <li>Let your child eat what he or she wants, and don't force eating if your child doesn't feel like it.</li> <li>If your child also is <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a> and/or has <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>, ask the doctor if you should give a children's oral rehydration solution (also called oral electrolyte solution or oral electrolyte maintenance solution).</li> <li>Make sure your child gets plenty of rest.</li> </ul> <h3><strong>Get Medical Care if:</strong></h3> <ul> <li>an infant younger than 3 months old has a temperature of 100.4&deg;F (38&deg;C) or higher</li> <li>an older child has a fever and: <ul> <li>looks sick</li> <li>develops a rash</li> <li>has lasting diarrhea and/or repeated vomiting</li> <li>has signs of dehydration (peeing less than usual, not having tears when crying, less alert and less active than usual)</li> <li>has a fever for 5 days</li> <li>has a chronic medical problem like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sickle-cell-anemia.html/">sickle cell disease</a>, heart problems, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/cancer-center.html/">cancer</a>, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lupus.html/">lupus</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Fevers are unavoidable. The key is to make your child as comfortable as possible until the fever passes, and get medical treatment when needed.</p>
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
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: Sore ThroatSore throats are usually caused by viruses. Here's what to do if your child has a sore throat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sore-throat-sheet.html/8e983e67-a2c2-46fe-9310-8f67b2a3e059
Flu CenterGet the basics on how flu spreads and how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/flu-center.html/29c8c418-e1e7-4d27-80c8-a72d30f15cab
How to Safely Give AcetaminophenWhat kind? How much? How often? Find out how to give this pain and fever medicine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/4cddd8dd-341a-4de7-95bb-893a50372078
How to Safely Give IbuprofenWhat kind? How much? How often? Find out how to give this pain medicine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/3aadb0cf-f275-44ed-8c13-819197d513e2
VomitingMost vomiting is caused by gastroenteritis, and usually isn't serious. These home-care tips can help prevent dehydration.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/20a54ee4-1e9e-4822-9631-614f8e08d622
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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