Signs and symptoms of fever in children

A fever is usually a sign that the body is waging a war against infection.

How to check for fever

In fact, they can be considered a good sign that your child’s immune system is working and the body is trying to heal itself.

A fever is a body temperature that is higher than normal. While the average normal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C), a normal temperature range is between 97.5°F (36.4°C) and 99.5°F (37.5°C). Most pediatricians consider a temperature above 100.4°F (38°C) as a sign of a fever.

Generally, the most important thing is how your child looks and acts: If he appears well and is taking fluids, there's no need to call the doctor unless the fever persists for more than 24 hours or is very high.

  • Signs and symptoms

If your child has a fever, she may feel warm, appear flushed, or sweat more than usual. She may also be more thirsty than usual.

Some children feel fine when they have a fever. However, most will have symptoms of the illness that are causing the fever. Your child may have an earache, a sore throat, a rash, or a stomach ache. These signs can provide important clues as to the cause of the fever.

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