Pediatrician located in Naples, FL
Fevers are frightening for parents: They know their child is sick yet don’t know why. If you’re worried or unsure about whether your child should see a doctor, please contact Dr. Paul Irra Naples Pediatrics in Naples, Florida. They’re here to help, to give advice about home treatments, and to offer guidance about when your child’s fever needs immediate medical attention.
Why do children get fevers?
When children (and adults) get a fever, their higher-than-normal body temperature is a sign that they’re fighting an infection. The body automatically responds to an infection by sending special cells to fight the infection and telling the brain to raise the body’s temperature.
A high body temperature actually helps the cells fighting off the infection. It also helps eliminate the problem because it makes the body a less friendly place for invading infections to survive.
What body temperature is considered to be a fever?
The body’s normal temperature is 98.6℉. A temperature over 100.4℉ is considered a fever. It’s important to take your child’s temperature with a thermometer rather than relying on how they feel to your touch.
What symptoms appear in children with a fever?
Children may develop other symptoms before their fever is evident. They may become less talkative, stop engaging in activities, refuse food, and become very thirsty. They may have noticeable symptoms of the illness that are causing the fever. For example, parents may notice a rash or their child may complain of an earache, a sore throat, or a stomachache.
When should parents call Naples Pediatrics about a fever?
For infants younger than three months old, call Naples Pediatrics immediately if:
- Your infant has a temperature of 100.4℉ or higher
For children older than three months old, call Naples Pediatrics immediately if your child exhibits any of the following:
- Fever rises above 104℉
- Cries inconsolably
- Takes steroids or has immune problem
- Looks or acts very sick
- Has severe vomiting or diarrhea
- Has difficulty walking
- Has a seizure
- Has a severe headache, stiff neck, or unexplained rash
- Has been stuck in a hot place (such as inside a hot car)
Call us during normal office hours if:
- Your child is two years old or younger and has had a fever for more than one day
- Your child is older than two and has had a fever more than three days
- Your child is still sick after the fever goes down
What over-the-counter medications should children receive?
Children can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to lower a fever, but please follow the doses recommended on the package, so they don’t take too much medication. Do not give your child aspirin: It may cause a severe disease called “Reye syndrome.”
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