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Fever is only a symptom and not a disease. Because most viruses and bacteria thrive when the body is at 98.6°F, the body raises its own temperature to activate the immune system and create unsuitable conditions for the infection to survive.
** Always use the actual temperature, no matter where you take the temperature on the body. Do NOT add or subtract a degree. **
Having a temperature of 100.4 degree Fahrenheit and above.
No. If comfortable, a child does not need medication to treat a fever. But, you may use medication if your child is uncomfortable or having trouble sleeping.
Febrile seizures cause no permanent harm. Only about four in 100 children have a fever seizure or convulsion. Remember: seizures are not caused by a high fever, but how rapidly a fever increases.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) are used to treat fever. Find medication dosing charts here. Medications generally lower a fever by two or three degrees, but they will not always bring the temperature down to normal. Dosing is determined according to a child’s weight. Never give aspirin to children under 18 years old!