What To Do if Your Child Has a Fever

ABC Pediatrics is here for you in McKinney, TX, when your child has a fever. Most parents automatically worry when their child has a fever and that's normal. A fever can be a symptom of many things! Read about fevers and call us for an appointment if you are concerned about your child's fever.

What is a fever?

Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees F. If your child's body temperature rises to 100.4 degrees F or above, they have a fever. Fevers happen when pyrogens are released into the body. These substances exist inside cells and are released into the body in response to infections.

A fever is a symptom like a runny nose or cough and is typically a sign that the body is fighting an infection. It can be scary to see your child's temperature skyrocket but it's really an indication that the body is working properly to fight infection and germs.

Some ways to lower a fever

There are a few things you can do at home to lower a child's fever, but you should always call your McKinney, TX, pediatrician if you are worried about a fever or it comes on with other symptoms.

There are some over-the-counter medicines available to lower a fever, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Doses are based on your child's age and weight, so follow the dosing guidelines.

If your child has a fever it's important to make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids. A bath in lukewarm water can help lower a child's body temperature. Keep taking your child's temperature and call your doctor if it continues to rise.

When to call a doctor

You should always call a doctor if you're concerned about a child's fever or unsure of the best measure to take. Call your pediatrician immediately if the fever has lasted more than 24 hours, is extremely high, or comes on with other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash.

If your child has a fever, the doctors at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX, can help. Contact us at (972) 569-9904.

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