The definition of fever in a child is a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4° F in children under 3 months of age and greater than 101° F in older children. Generally, fever reducers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) are helpful in making your child feel better but are not strictly necessary.
Fevers in children are incredibly common, and often indicate an infection of some sort. Most often, viruses are the cause of childhood fevers, although a fever in a child can indicate a more serious infection or other problems.
The maximum temperature does not predict the severity of the illness
Your child's temperature (from illness) will generally not ever get so high that something bad will happen to them
Remember to keep children with fever hydrated: when the body temperature rises, dehydration comes on more quickly than when the temperature is normal
You do not have to give fever medicine, especially if your child doesn't seem very bothered by the fever
Do not give ibuprofen to children under 6 months of age
Rectal temperatures are the most accurate way to measure a fever in babies and children
For older children, all alternatives to rectal temperatures have their pros and cons, ear thermometers do seem to be the least accurate however
Signs your child with a fever should seek medical care
Fever more than 72 hours
Dehydration from poor fluid intake
Your child is sleepy, not easy to wake up, or not responding normally
Any time you are concerned your child has a serious infection
Fever and labored breathing
Any fever in an infant under 3 months of age
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