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What should you know about your child's fever?

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If you're a parent, it's a scene that's all too familiar. You put your hand on your sick child's forehead and it feels warm. Then the thermometer confirms your suspicion: He's got a fever. But if you follow some simple rules you'll make him more comfortable and keep him safe.

Fever is a defense against infection. Your child's body is raising its temperature to kill the germs. In most cases it's harmless and goes away on its own in 3 days.

SOURCES:

Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

HealthyChildren.org: "When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever," "Best Ways to Take a Temperature," "How to Take a Child's Temperature."

Children's Physicians Network: "Fever."

Seattle Children's: "Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

HealthyChildren.org: "When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever," "Best Ways to Take a Temperature," "How to Take a Child's Temperature."

Children's Physicians Network: "Fever."

Seattle Children's: "Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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