Fevers in Babies and Children Directory
A fever is a symptom of illness, not an illness. It is often related to an infection. Fevers can also be a reaction to a vaccination. Signs of fever in babies include a warm forehead, crankiness, lethargy, convulsion, or seizure. Call a doctor for fever in a baby. Treatment includes using fever reducers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen and keeping the baby hydrated and cool. Most healthy children and adults can tolerate a fever as high as 103 to 104 F for short periods of time without problems. If there are other symptoms such as stiff neck, headache, problems breathing, confusion, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, you should be evaluated by a health care provider. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about fevers in babies and children, the signs of fever, how to treat fever, and much more.
Fever Care for Young Children
Try these tips to help your feverish child.
Is It a Common Cold or Allergies?
WebMD explains how to tell the difference between a common cold and allergies.
Your Baby's Temperature and Fever
WebMD explains the causes of a baby's fever and when you should worry about a high temperature.
Kid’s Cold Medicines: New Guidelines
Aside from a lack of evidence that cold and cough medicines are effective, over-the-counter drugs may be dangerous for children. WebMD explains which drugs to avoid.
Is Your Kid Sick or Just Faking It?
Many kids pretend to be ill to skip school, but some symptoms you just can’t hide. We tell you how to know if your kid is sick or faking it.
Helping Sick Baby Feel Better
Simple home remedies can help your baby feel better when he has a cold or cough.
Serious Symptoms in Children: Signs not to Be Ignored
Wondering if your child’s condition is serious or not? WebMD discusses the possible signs of a serious health problem and what to do in case of a health emergency.
Protecting Your Baby From Other's Germs
How can you keep your baby healthy and get other people to keep their germs to themselves? Follow these tips.
Child Emergencies: Getting Help
What symptoms should lead parents to call the pediatrician or 911 for their toddler?
Toddler Fevers: Causes and Treatments
Is fever any different in a toddler? Dr. Hansa has the answer
Teaching Kids About Colds and Germs
Teens in high school health class learn how to take care of themselves by learning how germs are spread.
Protect your baby from contagious germs and viruses with these 10 tips.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Soothe a Child's Cold or Flu
Does your child have the cold or flu? See how to ease your child's cold or flu. Help symptoms like cough, sore throat, and stuffiness.
Slideshow: Images of Childhood Skin Problems
Hives, ringworm, warts: just a few skin conditions often seen in babies and children. How can you recognize these common childhood conditions -- and is home treatment possible?