Fever First aid

A fever is a rise in body temperature it’s usually a sign of infection. The fever is generally harmless and probably helpful and usually don’t need any form of serious treatment.

There are several ways of determining if a person’s temperature is above or below normal such as

• Armpit temperature of 99 F (37.2 C) or higher
• Oral temperature of 100 F (37.8 C) or higher
• Rectal, ear or temporal artery temperature of 100.4 (38 C) or higher

Children with relatively high fevers may not look or act particularly sick. Treating a fever depends on the level of discomfort. If your child is uncomfortable or restless, these are some symptoms of high fever although some children with high fever do not act or look sick. Below are a few things to do when you discover the child has a fever.

Keep the child hydrate with fluids

Dress the child in lightweight clothing and perhaps cover with a blanket if the child is cold.

Give the child acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Children’s Motrin, others) as directed on the label.

If the fever persists get medical help.

Also seek medical care if your child has a fever after being left potentially dangerous situations like a hot car and is showing symptoms such as Severe headache, Seizures, Stiff neck, Fever with no sweating, repeated vomiting and diarrhea.

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