Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics
Pediatrics located in Atlanta, GA
Does your child’s forehead feel warmer than usual when you touch or kiss it? It could be a sign of a fever. Fevers are your body’s way of fighting infection, but they can be a sign of a serious condition for babies and children. If your child has a fever and is showing signs of illness, visit the expert pediatricians at Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics in Atlanta, Georgia. Book an appointment online or call the office for availability today.
Fever Q & A
What is a fever?
A fever occurs when your body temperature rises temporarily. A normal body temperature is typically around 98.6°F. Anyone can get a fever, and it’s usually not a sign of something serious in adults. But for children, fever can signal a serious illness or infection.
Symptoms that accompany an elevated body temperature in children may include:
- Muscle aches
The severity of a fever often depends on your child’s age, medical history, and other symptoms.
When should I take my child to the doctor for a fever?
Knowing when your child’s fever requires medical attention is important. The exact body temperature that indicates a serious illness varies depending on the child’s age and other symptoms.
In general, you should visit the pediatrician if your infant younger than three months has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F or above, or if your older child has a temperature of 102.2°F or above.
Older children with lower fevers may not need to go to the doctor, but you should make an appointment if they have other symptoms that indicate serious illness. These symptoms can include:
- Disinterest in playing
- Refusing food or drink
- Ongoing diarrhea or vomiting
- Signs of dehydration
- A specific complaint, like a sore throat
- Fever lasting longer than 24 hours (for kids younger than 2 years)
- Fever lasting longer than 72 hours (for kids age 2 years and older)
When you come to Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics for your child’s fever, your pediatric team determines the source of the fever and whether it needs treatment, so you can be confident that your child is getting the best care.
What are some at-home remedies for a fever?
Low-grade fevers often don’t require any special treatment. They’re simply a sign that your child’s body is fighting an infection, and they often resolve on their own. But if a low-grade fever is making your child uncomfortable, there are a few at-home remedies that can help.
Over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help with a fever and make your child more comfortable. Always follow your pediatrician’s guidelines or package directions when giving your child medicine.
Make sure your child gets plenty of rest, and keep them home from daycare or school for at least 24 hours after a fever. Dress your child in lightweight clothing and bed sheets to encourage normal body temperature regulation, and provide plenty of fluids to help prevent dehydration.
Trust Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics for expert fever diagnosis and care. Contact the office by phone or online today and help your child start feeling better sooner.
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