Fever, Age 11 and Younger (cont.)
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Check Your Symptoms
It can be hard to know whether you should call your doctor when your child has a fever, especially during the cold and flu season. The degree of the fever may not be related to the seriousness of the illness. The way your child looks and acts is a better guide than the thermometer. Most children will be less active when they have a fever.
If your child is comfortable and alert, is eating well, is drinking enough fluids, is urinating normal amounts, and seems to be improving, home treatment without medicine is all that is needed for a fever. If you are not able to measure your child's temperature, look for other symptoms of illness and follow these home treatment measures.
Keep your child comfortable
Lowering your child's temperature is important when the fever is causing discomfort. If your child is uncomfortable:
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your child's doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
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