Don’t get fever phobia! It’s hard to see your child suffer through a fever, and it can be difficult to determine whether your child requires a doctor’s visit or even a trip to the emergency room. Fevers themselves are generally not dangerous or harmful, but what causes high temperatures in kids may be.
Fever is the immune system’s natural response to fight infections, but can also be caused by heat exhaustion, severe sunburn, and some immunizations. Signs of fever include sweating, shivering, headache, muscle aches and weakness, loss of appetite, and dehydration. Very high fevers can lead to confusion, hallucinations, and convulsions; if your child has these fever symptoms, seek medical attention right away. If you are ever in doubt about whether or not your child needs to see a healthcare professional, call his or her doctor. The doctor can help determine whether the fever is cause for concern by asking whether your child is eating, playing, alert, or dehydrated.
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