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Five fever facts most parents don't know.

Five fever facts most parents don't know.

Note: These facts apply to children over 3 months old. If any baby under 3 months develops a fever, you should call the doctor immediately.

1) Not Every Fever Is Bad

Fevers can help jump-start a kid’s immune system which can be beneficial. Research has proven that a fever can reduce the growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses in children. It’s one of the body’s main defenses to kill germs. A fever may be initially frightening, but remember it can help protect your child.

2) Fevers Do Not Cause Brain Damage

Although, many families have heard the myth that fevers cause brain damage, this is simply not true.

3) The Exact Temperature is Not Important

Always keep in mind the overall picture about how your child looks. It doesn’t matter if the temperature is 101.2°F or 101.8°F. It is always a good idea to check your child’s temperature, but resist the urge to take their temperature 4 or 5 times until you get the number you like.

4) A Thermometer Can’t Always Tell If Your Child Is Sick

Sometimes an incredibly sick child will not have a high temperature The best thing you can do is pay attention to your child. If he or she is acting differently, having trouble breathing, or dehydrated – contact your doctor right away.

5) Fevers Do Not Always Need Medicine for Treatment

Your child does not need to take medication every time he or she has a fever. Consult your health care provider to find out what range of fever they recommend treating with medication.


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