New report may calm fever fears among parents

Most parents believe when a child has a fever, you should use medication to bring it down.

A soaring temperature in a young child can ignite fear in even the calmest parent.

But a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics may extinguish some anxiety when it comes to treating a fever.

A spike in temperature is usually the body's natural response to illness.

In fact, lowering a fever could prolong illness.

Experts now recommend that you should only treat a fever if it's making your child uncomfortable.
Instead of focusing on the thermometer, let your child's behavior guide you.

If they're eating and drinking, and don't seem too uncomfortable, they may not need fever-reducing medication.

However, if they're lethargic and uncomfortable, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may make them feel better.

So when do you call the pediatrician?

If your infant is 3 months or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4 F or above, if your child is between 3 months and 3 years old and has a fever of 102.2 F or higher, or any time they have a fever accompanied by persistent vomiting or diarrhea, dehydration, a rash, or a chronic medical problem.

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