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Is it common for children to have a fever with illnesses?

Fever is a common problem with illness in children. It often results from an infection caused by a virus or bacteria (germ). Some infections are serious and need to be cared for in the hospital. Many others can be cared for at home.

NOTE: For babies less than 24 months old – take the temperature in the rectum (the opening where the bowel movement or stool comes out). Other methods are not as accurate in infants.

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