Fever in Children (cont.)
The prognosis for a child with a fever is excellent.
- Most illnesses that cause fever last three to seven days.
- Sometimes, treatment of bacterial infections fails at home, and the child will need to be hospitalized.
- Meningitis and bacterial blood infections have a much more serious prognosis than the far more common viral infections.
Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics
Previous contributing author and editors:
Author: Ron Fuerst, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics,
University of South Carolina College of Medicine; Director, Children's Emergency
Center, Children's Hospital of Richland Memorial Hospital
Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine;
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James S
Cohen, MD, Consulting Staff, James Cohen, PC
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