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Fever in Children

While most fevers are not a sign of a serious infection, sometimes they can be.

Is any of the following happening with your child?

  • His neck is stiff.

  • He has a very bad headache.

  • Light bothers his eyes.

  • He is so sleepy it's hard to arouse him, or is very weak.

  • He seems confused.

  • He has dark red spots on his skin that don't get paler when you press on them.

  • He is breathing very quickly or having trouble breathing.

  • He is drooling a lot or won't drink.

  • His skin color is very pale or bluish.

  • He has a severe stomachache or other severe pain.

  • He is having shaking chills.

  • He is having repetitive jerking movements of his arms or legs and doesn't seem conscious during them.

Yes, one or more of these describe my child.

No, none of these describe my child.

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