Everyone has his or her own internal “thermostat” that regulates body temperature, and normal body temperature is around 37 degrees Celsius, plus or minus about 0.6 degrees. When the body detects an infection or other illness, the brain responds by raising the body temperature to help fight the condition.
A temperature over 38 degrees Celsius is considered a fever. It is not always necessary for a child with a fever to see their doctor. It depends on the age of the child and the other symptoms they have.
A fever can’t always be detected by feeling your child’s forehead. It’s usually necessary to take his temperature as well. Digital thermometers give the quickest, most accurate readings, and are the only kind that doctors currently recommend. Available in a variety of sizes and shapes, they’re sold at most supermarkets and drugstores.
Once you’ve identified a fever, the most important thing you can do is to improve your child’s comfort and make sure they get enough fluid, so they do not get dehydrated. While you may instinctively want to bring your child to the doctor’s office, it may not be necessary, especially if the child seems fine once their discomfort is treated.
Although not every fever needs to be treated, there are some things you can do to help make your child more comfortable.
Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has a fever and:
Also call your child’s doctor if: