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My Child Has a Fever over 100 Degrees, Do I Need to Take Them to the Doctor ?

Updated on February 13, 2012

High Fever in Child

Being a Mother of 5 children, I think one of the worst things to deal with is sickness. Especially in a large family, once one person is sick usually it's inevitable that everybody will be hit with sickness. I remember back to those years with my first child, and how scary it can be when she would spike a high fever. There's always that question among parents, "Do I take them to the ER/Doctor or not." Well, I want to ease your fears a little bit and answer this question for you.

First of all, the safe range of a fever is up to around 102 degress. When you go to the ER or the Doctor, they first thing they do is give your child Tylenol to see if it brings down the fever. Here's the thing, 9 times out of 10 it will bring down the fever and you will get sent home. So instead of spending hours in an ER or Doctors office, you can do the exact same thing at home. Give him/her Tylenol and if the fever goes down than just continue to control it with the Tylenol every 3-4 hours, it's that simple.

Fever Over 102 Degrees

If you cannot reduce a fever by giving Tylenol, than you should go to the ER or call your Doctor. This usually means there is something viral and most likely will need antibiotics. I would do the same if the temperature reaches 103 or higher.

A lot of times when our children get fevers we think it's a bad thing, it's actually the opposite. A fever means the body is fighting off the germs inside of it.


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      FordeAhern 5 years ago from Broadford, Co. Limerick. ireland

      Thank you for the tips. interesting