Fevers can be a child's friend: Pediatrician shares what parents need to know about fevers

November 15th, 2012 in Health /

For many parents, discovering their child has a fever can be unnerving. It's one of the most common reasons parents call their doctor or bring their child in for medical care. Fevers are just a natural part of many illnesses and, in fact, can be helpful as a child battles an illness.

"My most frequent calls are from worried who want to know how high is too high of a fever. What many parents don't realize is that often, fevers are their 's friend," said Hannah Chow-Johnson, MD, Loyola University Health System and assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Fevers are not pleasant for kids. They can make them unhappy and fussy. They also force them to slow down, rest and sleep more, which are all necessary for a child to recover from an illness.

"Fevers can actually help your child recover more quickly, especially if he or she is battling a viral illness," Chow-Johnson said. "I often wish thermometers had a gauge that read either 'fever' or 'no fever.' That would definitely help parents who worry if their child has a fever that's too high," Chow said.

She shares some facts to help parents better understand fevers:

There are times you should seek medical attention when your child has a fever such as:

Provided by Loyola University Health System

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