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.
Understanding Rheumatic Fever -- Diagnosis and Treatment
WebMD explains the diagnosis and treatments for rheumatic fever.
The Symptoms of Rheumatic Fever
Learn about the symptoms of rheumatic fever from the experts at WebMD.
Side Effects of the Smallpox Vaccine
Learn more about the potential side effects of the smallpox vaccine.
Chicken Pox: Contagiousness, Who Gets It, and How It Spreads
Chickenpox is caused by the contagious varicella virus and mainly affects children. It’s easy to spot because of its red, itchy rash, mild fever, and body aches.
Home Remedies for Kids' Winter Ills
Antibiotics don't work on colds and the flu, and many doctors have stopped prescribing them if your child has the sniffles. Try these doctor-recommended home remedies instead.
What to Do If You Get the Flu
So what do you do when someone in your house has the flu? Here’s a countdown for your flu-fighting days.
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.
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.
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.
The Truth About Kids and Fever
Do Children Need the Flu Shot?
Why should I give my child a flu shot?
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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?
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.