What should I do if my child has a fever?

A child’s fever can be anxiety-provoking for many parents, who often do anything possible to bring their child’s temperature back to normal. But parents should understand that a fever may actually benefit generally healthy children.

A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) attempts to clarify guidelines for treatment of fevers and to remind parents that a fever is usually just the body’s natural defense mechanism against infections. Lowering a fever may actually prolong an illness. The AAP recommends that, in general, parents should only treat a fever if it makes their child feel uncomfortable.

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