Infectious Disease

What does it mean if my child has a fever?

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  • AAmerican Red Cross answered
    Fever is an elevated body temperature of 100.4º F or greater. Fever indicates a problem, and in a child or an infant, it often means there is a specific problem. Usually these problems are not life threatening, but some can be.

    A high fever in a child or an infant often indicates some form of infection. In a young child, even a minor infection can result in a high fever, usually defined as a temperature of 103˚ F and above.
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