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IF YOUR CHILD DEVELOPS A FEVER

While a fever generally is not something to be overly concerned about, some cases require medical intervention. 

Child with fever

Fever triggers include an infection, overdressing (particularly newborns) and immunizations. A high fever should be treated without delay to prevent discomfort and possible dehydration.  

You should seek immediate care if there's:

  • Crying that won't stop.
  • Extreme irritability or fussiness.
  • Trouble waking up.
  • A rash or purple spots that look like bruises (that weren't there before your child got sick).
  •  Blue lips, tongue or nails.
  • The child's soft spot on the head appears to be bulging or sunken.
  •  A severe headache.
  • Limpness or refusal to move.
  • Trouble breathing that doesn't get better when the nose is cleared.
  • Leaning forward and drooling.
  • Seizure.
  • Moderate-to-severe belly pain.


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