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A fever is usually a sign that the body is fighting against infection. Most fevers are from viral infections and last for 2-3 days.

Touch your child's forehead. If you think he feels hotter than normal, you're probably right.

To confirm your suspicions and help you figure out whether to call a doctor, take your child's temperature using a thermometer.

Thermom _iconThe normal temperature of most children is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (F). You should call your child's doctor if:


  • Your baby is younger than 2 months and has a fever of 100.2 degrees F (rectal).
  • Your baby is between 2 and 6 months and has a fever of 101 degrees F (rectal).
  • Your baby is between 6 months and 2 years and has a fever of 103 degrees F (rectal).

Sign and Symptoms

  • Blue _feverChild's face may be red and skin is hot.
  • Child may have the chills.
  • Eyes may be glassy.
  • Breathing and heart rate may be fast.
  • Child is fussy or hard to console.

Smileyicon What You Can Do

  • Give your child extra fluids, like popsicles and cool drinks.
  • Dress your child lightly, not in layers.
  • Keep your child's room cool. Turn down the heat or use a fan if it's hot.
  • Sponge your child with a washcloth for 10-15 minutes in three inches of lukewarm water. Stop the sponge bath if your child starts to shiver.
  • Talk to your child's doctor about when to give fever reducers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and the right dose for your child's age and weight. Do not give aspirin to a child. It can make a child very sick.

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