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Fever in children

A fever is a rise in body temperature above normal. Fever is a symptom, not a disease, and it is usually caused by an infection. 
 
Not all fevers are dangerous. A fever is part of the body’s normal immune system. Higher fevers do not mean an illness is more serious; the way your child looks and acts is a more important measure of an illness. 
 
 
Contact your health-care provider in the following situations:
Call immediately if your child: 
  • is under three (3) months of age; 
  • appears to be and acts very ill; or
  • has a rash, cough or wheeze with the fever.
Call within 24 hours if your child is:
  • is between three (3) and six (6) months of age.
Call if:
  • the fever has lasted over 24 hours with no obvious cause;
  • the fever lasts more than three (3) days;
  • the fever returns within 24 hours of relief; or 
  • you are concerned.
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Updated Oct 13, 2017