The normal temperature range for children is 98.6; your child has a fever if it's higher than the normal range. When your child or baby has a high fever, make sure the child is not dehydrated. Give your child 8 ounces of water 2-4 times a day depending on their body weight, and give 100% fruit drinks as well.
Avoid giving your child medications that contain aspirin, ask your child's Pediatrician which medications are aspirin-free. A couple of aspirin-free medications are ibuprofen and Tylenol.
You can tell when a child has a fever when the child's body temperature is warmer than usual. An illness can cause a child to have a high fever such as:
- Ear ache
- Sore throat
- Severe rash
These temperature ranges is how you know your child has a fever and need to be monitored closely:
- A temperature taken under the child's armpit is higher than 99 degrees Fahrenheit.
- A rectal temperature is higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
- A temperature taken by mouth or in the ear is higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Contact your baby's or child's Pediatrician if fever lasts 2 days or longer.
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