FEVER READING & TAKING TEMPERATURE
When your child is sick with an infection (caused by either bacteria or a virus), it is common to have a fever. A fever will not hurt your child. Usually, it goes away after 72 hours (3 days).
WHAT CAN I DO IF MY CHILD HAS A FEVER?
The degree (or height) of a fever does not tell you how serious your child’s illness is. How a child acts is usually a better sign. A child with a mild infection can have a high fever, while a child with a severe infection might have no fever at all.
Keep your child comfortable, and offer plenty of fluids. Sponging your child with tepid (lukewarm) water, alcohol baths and rubs are not recommended.
CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF YOUR CHILD:
- Has a fever and is less than 6 months old.
- Has a fever for more than 72 hours.
- Is excessively cranky, fussy or irritable.
- Is excessively sleepy, lethargic or does not respond.
- Is persistently wheezing or coughing.
- Has a fever and a rash or any other signs of illness that worry you.
A child or teenager with a fever should not be given aspirin. [acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)]
If the fever is due to chickenpox, influenza or certain other viral infections, taking aspirin can increase the risk of Reye’s syndrome. This is a very serious condition that can damage the liver and brain. For More Information Visit: www.caringforkids.cps.ca
Updated November 2016