Fever

20th May 2014

Dear Parents, Fever is probably the most common of all pediatric complaints, affecting millions of infants and children throughout childhood. While many of you may become concerned, even anxious, when your child develops a fever, you can be reassured that this most natural of symptoms usually indicates that your child’s immune system is alive and functioning well.

This brochure was designed to put fever in perspective by providing you with the facts about fever and some helpful advice on fever management. We hope that the content will be both informative and useful, empowering you to take charge of your child’s fevers whenever they arise. *Ear thermometers, though frequently unreliable, can be used in children 18 months of age and older. When using this type of thermometer, two consecutive minutes.) 2. Axillary (Underarm) – Place the tip of the thermometer in a dry underarm. – Close the underarm by holding keeping the mouth closed. If your child cannot keep his mouth closed because his nose is blocked, suction out the nose. – Digital thermometers will “beep” when the temperature is read; glass thermometers should

Understanding Fevers

Fever – an increase in body temperature – is one of the body’s normal defenses against attack from an infection or another disease. It is therefore a symptom, not a disease itself. A part of the brain that acts as the body’s thermostat controls body temperature by balancing hot and cold signals throughout the body. Factors that influence body
temperature are infections; vaccines and medications; and injury. Body temperature increases also occur with exercise, excessive clothing, a hot bath, or hot weather. Fever may actually play a role in fighting infections and shortening their course by turning on the body’s immune system, thereby increasing the release and activity of white blood cells and other
germ-killing substances. The usual fevers (100°to 104°F) that all children get are not harmful. Most are caused by viruses and may last 3 to 5 days. In general, the height of a fever doesn’t relate to the seriousness of the illness. How sick your child acts is what counts, and that should determine whether he or she needs a doctor’s attention.

Fever Fears

The following are some commonly held fears regarding fever:

  • MY CHILD WILL HAVE A CONVULSION (SEIZURE) WITH FEVER.

Only a small percent of children have a seizure caused by a fever. These usually occur in children between 6 months and 6 years of age. It is not only the height of the fever but also how rapidly the temperature rises that puts a child at risk for a seizure. Although these seizures are frightening for parents, they usually are without serious long-term consequences. If you think your child has had a seizure during a fever, you should call your

doctor immediately. If your child has had a seizure from a fever, your doctor will discuss strategies to help you avoid future sudden high fevers.

  • HIGH FEVER IS A SIGN OF MENINGITIS.

Meningitis can cause a high fever, but meningitis is very rare. The vast majority of high fevers are caused by common childhood illnesses that are not dangerous.

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