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Fevers 101

by Allison Hutton
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When your baby has a fever, the first question you may ask yourself is "What can I do to make it go away?"

Surprisingly, fever has a role in getting rid of whatever illness your child has. The purpose of a fever is to elevate the body temperature enough to kill off the invading bacteria or virus within the body.

Thomas Whalen, a Family Practitioner in Pennsylvania offers the following advice:"If your baby is running a fever over 100 degrees, offer her doses of Infant's Tylenol or Advil every four hours, or as your pediatrician advices."You should also get clear instructions as to how much medication to give your child, as it varies from weight and age. Call your pediatrician immediately if your child's fever is 102 degrees or above. Cool baths will help your child feel better as well as bring her fever down. If vomiting, diarrhea, inability to keep liquids down, or lethargic behavior accompanies fever, call your physician immediately.if your baby's fever persists beyond three days, let your doctor know.

Remember to keep your baby comfortable, but not too cool, as this will cause the body temperature to rise even further. If, at any time, you are concerned, or feel that something just "isn't right," call your doctor.

Allison is a contributing editor for Baby Corner as well Editor of Pregnancy after Miscarriage at Suite 101. Visit her webpage at http://www.geocities.com/allies_girl/

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