What you need to know about your child’s fever
It’s common for children to get a fever, but what should you do if your child has one? The good news is most fevers are very treatable and are not usually dangerous. Your pediatricians at Children’s Physicians, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, want you to know what to do if your child is running a fever.
Your child can have a fever for a variety of reasons. This can include a cold, the flu, an infection, or even an allergy to certain medications. Your pediatricians at Children’s Physicians want you to know that fevers are not always dangerous, but they can be a symptom of a serious medical problem.
You should call Children’s Physicians if your child is:
- Under four months old and has a temperature of over 100.4 degrees
- Over four months old and has a temperature of over 104 degrees
- Still feverish after 2-3 days
You and your child should visit Children’s Physicians, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida if your child’s fever is accompanied by a:
- Stiff neck or seizure
- Rash or bruising
- Shortness of breath and nonstop crying
- Pain while urinating or decreased urination
To relieve your child’s fever, there are some home remedies you might try, including:
- Over-the-counter medications to reduce fever such as infant Tylenol
- Cold washcloths or sponge baths
- Sucking on popsicles
- Encourage your child to drink a lot of liquids to stay hydrated
- Dressing your child in a single layer of clothing; don't overdress even indoors
Always call your pediatricians at Children’s Physicians before giving your child any medications. If your child’s fever persists, don’t hesitate to call Children’s Physicians for advice and an appointment. You want to keep your child healthy, and a fever can indicate something is wrong. Call your pediatricians at Children’s Physicians with three locations in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Palm City, Florida to serve you and your child. Take the guesswork out of what to do about your child’s fever. Don't wait; call today!