When kids run hot
Responding to a fever varies by degrees
As a parent it can be cause forconcern if your child has a fever.
For good reason: it can be a sign ofinfection, a reaction or other medicalcondition.
“Finding the cause of a fever is a
main priority,” says Dr. Mel Lewis, a
pediatrician at the Stollery Children’s
Hospital in Edmonton. Other
symptoms accompanying a fever, such
as a runny nose, coughing, vomiting
or diarrhea, help pinpoint the source
of infection, and help point to the right
If your child is feverish but hasno other symptoms and is eating,drinking, sleeping and playing asusual, you generally have little toworry about. “I’d be more concernedabout what the child looks like andhow he’s behaving,” says Lewis.
A fever is cause for concern if yourchild is also lethargic, irritable orconfused, has a temperature above
40°C (104°F), or a bruise-like rash thatdoesn’t disappear when you presson the skin. These are signs of moreserious illnesses and a clear signalthat your child needs to be seen by ahealth-care professional right away.
For infants under eight weeksold with a temperature over 37.2°Cor 99°F, look at the warmth of theirsurroundings: did the baby just leavea hot carseat in the summer or isthe baby overdressed? Infants this
Photo:VeerFevers can be a sign of infection, a reaction or other medical condition.