Sunday, December 13, 2009

When is a fever too high?

A mom wrote in to Fox News asking when is a child's fever too high?

Dr. Manny said, "A fever is usually a sign that something out of the ordinary is going on with your body. For an adult, a fever is usually uncomfortable, but it isn't dangerous until it reaches 103 degrees or higher. But for young children, a slight fever may indicate an infection. Anything over 100.4 degrees is considered a fever, but when it's higher than 103 degrees beware. If the fever is rising fast, they could have a febrile seizure. They could lose consciousness and have convulsions. Though scary for parents, the vast amount of febrile seizures cause no long term effects. You can give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but always, always talk to you doctor first. Whatever you do,don't give them a cold bath or rub them down with alcohol. That can be shocking to the system. If at any time the fever isn't going down and your child is lethargic, has a rash or starts vomiting, see your doctor."
What is the highest temperature your children have had?
My oldest had a night of 104 degrees. We went to the emergency room and it eventually went down. It was scary.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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