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First Aid: Fever

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Although it can be frightening when a child's temperature rises, fever itself causes no harm and can actually be a good thing — it's often the body's way of fighting infections.

Signs and Symptoms

A child may have a fever if he or she is:

What to Do

It's best to keep a child home from school or childcare until the temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours. If your child is uncomfortable, here are some ways to relieve symptoms:

Seek Medical Care

If:

If an older child has a fever and:

Think Prevention!

Fevers are often unavoidable. The key is to make your child as comfortable as possible until the fever passes, and get medical treatment when necessary.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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