It can be very scary when you realize your child has a fever. Centra Care physicians say that while a fever can be a sign that the body is at work, it's always cause for some concern.
A fever is usually caused by infections from viruses, like a cold or the flu. It can also indicate a bacterial infection such as strep throat or ear infections. The fever itself is a sign that the body’s defenses are trying to fight the infection.
Although not every fever needs to be treated, there are some things you can do to help make your child more comfortable:
- Medications with acetaminophen or ibuprofen will usually reduce a fever, but make sure that you give the right dose to your child. Contact your pediatrician if you have concerns about dosage.
- Do not overdress your child. Keep them in cool, loose clothing.
- Offer plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Crying without tears, a dry mouth, and fewer wet diapers are all signs of dehydration.
Seek medical attention immediately if your child is 3 months or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4 F or if any child has a fever above 104 F.