It can be worrisome when your child has a fever. Here’s what you need to know about treating it.
A fever is the body’s way of responding to an infection or illness. It happens when the body's temperature is raised above its normal level. Generally, a fever is caused by viral infections such as cold or flu and chicken pox. Bacterial infections such as strep throat and ear infection can also cause fever. The flu can lead to a high fever along with body aches, headache and cold-like symptoms.
Your child may also benefit from fever-reducing medication.
What to do when your child has a fever
Encourage your child to drink plenty of liquids. Fever can lead to dehydration.
Keep your child cool by dressing him or her in as few clothes as possible. By bundling up your child you may increase the fever.
Your child may also benefit from fever-reducing medication. Ibuprofen (Children's Advil) for children have a well-established safety profile and is effective when used as directed. Children’s Advil is dosed every 6-8 hours.
The amount of fever medicine your child should be given is based on the child's weight or age (weight is preferable). Always check the package instructions for the proper dose, or call your child's physician if you have any questions.