Pediatric Fever Treatment Clinic in Memphis, TN
All Better Pediatrics has pediatricians who offer effective treatments to your child in fever. Call us for more information or request an appointment online.
Fever is a scary, but common symptom in children.
It is one of our body’s normal responses to infection, and one of the first ways it tries to fight off that infection.
Fever should not be feared – it will not harm your child in any way.
It will not “fry” their brain or cause any type of brain damage.
Some children do get seizures with fevers, called febrile seizures. They typically occur between 6 months to 6 years of age and do not cause any long-term brain damage.
Febrile seizures are more likely to occur with a rapidly increasing temperature, rather than a high temperature.
Significant fever is any temperature over 100.4
Temperatures below 100.4 are mild elevations that usually do not require treatment, and often do not bother children.
Normal body temperatures can range from 97-100.
The most accurate way to check temperature is rectally, especially in infants under 2 months.
The number alone is not an indicator of the severity of the illness; many viruses for which there are no treatments cause high temperatures, while bad ear infections that do require treatment can cause no fever at all.
There is no “magic” number with respect to treating a fever or needing to be seen.
Treat based on the child’s behavior, not the number alone (remember, fever is a good thing; it’s our body fighting off an infection).
You do not have to treat a fever at all; especially, do not force a child to take medicine, nor should you wake a sleeping child to give medicine.
Most fevers can be monitored at home for 48-72 hours, as long as there are no other concerning symptoms and your child is staying hydrated.
The brain will not allow the body temperature to exceed 106, except in rare cases such as heat stroke.
Fever reducers do not “cure” a fever (or the illness that’s causing it). Acetaminophen may be used for children 2 months of age and older and lasts for 4-6 hours. Ibuprofen can be given to children 6 months and older and can last for 6-8 hours. It can take up to 1 hour for the medication to work. If the body is still fighting the infection, the fever will return as the medicine wears off. Additionally, a 1-2 degree decrease in the temperature is considered a good response to the medication; the temperature may not always go to normal after fever reducers are given.
When to call the on-call doctor:
If your child is younger than 2 months and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 or greater.
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