Your child has a fever if their temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher. Most often, fevers are a part of your body’s response to an infection and helps your body try get rid of the infection.

When your child has a fever, they might seem fussier, less energetic, and feel warm to the touch. If they are uncomfortable, you can treat your child with anti-fever medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. You should seek medical care if your child has a fever and ANY of the following:

  • is less than three months old
  • has had three or more days of fevers
  • has a stiff neck
  • is not able to drink fluids (and making fewer wet diapers)
  • any other concerning symptoms

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