Symptoms and Signs of Fever in Children

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Medically Reviewed on 4/30/2020

Doctor's Notes on Fever in Children

Fever is the presence of an abnormally high body temperature. Medically, a person is not considered to have a significant fever until the body temperature is above 100.4 F (38.0 C). Fever arises due to an immune response to infections with viruses, bacteria, or fungi. It can also occur as a response to certain drugs or toxins. Fever in children is a common symptom of most infections such a colds, gastroenteritis (“stomach flu”), influenza, and ear infections. In children, immunizations or teething┬ámay cause a short-term low-grade fever.

Common symptoms and signs associated with fever include

Other symptoms and signs that accompany fever depend on the exact cause of the fever and can include


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