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Fever in Kids: When to Call the Doctor

November 6, 2019

Let’s talk about fever. Fever in kids can cause lots of worry. This video will help you learn how to manage
your child’s fever at home and when you should call the doctor. Remember that we’re talking about healthy
children older than 3 months. For children younger than 3 months and children
of any age who have health problems that make infection more likely, a fever can be a sign
of a more serious infection. Always call your doctor for advice. What is a fever? A fever is your body’s normal response to infection. It actually helps you get better. The formal definition of a fever is a temperature
greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Why do you get a fever? Fever is really common in younger kids. They like to put things in their mouth. This is one way they’re exposed to more germs. This isn’t bad. Getting infections actually builds your immune system. Two types of germs cause infections:
viruses and bacteria. Both can cause fever. Most of the time, it’s a virus making your child sick. Your immune system takes care of viruses. Antibiotics don’t help. Bacteria are different. They cause infections that may get worse if
they’re not treated with antibiotics. Examples are urinary tract infections and strep throat. Why does fever make you feel bad? Even though fever makes you feel bad, fever
is actually helping your body get well. Fever is your friend. When a virus or bacteria enters the body,
the brain turns the thermostat up. A higher temperature makes
it harder for the germs to multiply. The heart rate goes up, so breathing
gets faster and harder. Muscle activity increases, so your child might
shiver and feel achy. Their hands and feet may feel cold and they
might have a headache. And of course, they’ll be tired and cranky. All of these fever symptoms are typical and
expected: faster heart rate and breathing, shivering, cold hands and feet, headache and
body aches, tired and fussy, and poor appetite. One fear about fever is that it can cause
seizures and brain damage. A high temperature will not cause brain damage,
and seizures due to fever are rare. When seizures from fever do occur, they’re
usually brief and don’t cause harm. How can I help? Most of the time, you won’t even need to check
the temperature with a thermometer. You can usually tell that your
child has a fever just by touch. If your child has a fever, dress them in light
clothing, put a cool washcloth on their forehead, make sure they rest, and encourage them to drink. Fever makes the body work harder,
so it uses more water. If your child isn’t urinating or having a
wet diaper at least once every 6 to 8 hours, call your doctor. If your child seems very uncomfortable, you
can use fever medicines like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These medicines work by resetting the body’s
thermostat closer to normal, but they’re not necessary. If you do use fever medicine,
choose just one; don’t alternate. And be sure to give the correct dose. Fever may come back when the
medicine wears off and that’s OK. Fever will go up and down on its own, whether
you give your child medicine or not. And the fever will be higher
in the afternoon and at night. When should I call the doctor? Kids who have fever will act sick, but a few
times during the day, they should be perkier. If you see this, feel reassured. Many parents think that their child’s temperature
is the main thing to watch and worry about. But it’s much more important to focus on the
other symptoms, as you decide whether you need to call a doctor. It’s time to call your doctor if your child
has any of these symptoms: extremely sleepy or irritable; trouble breathing; rashes; pain,
redness or swelling localized in one area (like a bad sore throat or a red, swollen
knee); drinking very little or not at all; severely decreased urination; fever lasting
longer than three days; or seizure. If you have a feeling that something isn’t right,
trust your instincts and call your doctor. Remember, if your child has a fever, don’t
panic, and don’t worry too much about the temperature; focus on the symptoms. ♪♪ Thanks for learning with us. ♪♪


  • Reply Khaled Alkashef January 3, 2019 at 10:04 am


  • Reply sugarshak1 January 18, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    “Don’t alternate pain medicines!”

    Well…. oops.

  • Reply Squirles G February 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Fever is your friend.. yeah not right now

  • Reply Paul Francis Labastida February 12, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Finally…. Something very useful in youtube….

  • Reply strawberri flowerz February 14, 2019 at 2:05 am

    I did well i do have a fever im im burning up.I have 98 degrees.

  • Reply Byron Balcarcel February 14, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Thank u guys for this video

  • Reply Mr. Laxr February 16, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    i’m 22 and trying to know little bit about fever and how it works . this video helped a lot

    thanks A lot

  • Reply qt roxy February 19, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I've been having a fever for 3 days and now it rarely ever.goes down the lowest it's got is 100.0 right now it's at 103.5 is it super high?

  • Reply Sumiko's Random Channel February 20, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I thought I had dengue. Welp I'm not dying today

  • Reply Shawngaming 2p0 February 21, 2019 at 5:06 am

    It happens to me before it happened for I think 5 days

  • Reply asian egg February 21, 2019 at 9:10 am

    i almost died from fever 🤒

  • Reply Wølfie Gacha February 23, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I had a 105 when I was in 1st grade and I didn't go to the doctor

  • Reply intel core February 24, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    This helps a lot thanks

  • Reply Trap FingersGamer March 1, 2019 at 2:40 am

    I'm 9 years old. I just eat spicy chicken and I have fever and I feel tired and my legs can't move and I had headache and fever that is why my legs is to heavy when I had fever and I can't stand

  • Reply Carlosxnj March 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I have a fever for 1 week do I need to go to the doctor

  • Reply Just_Dapper March 3, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    104.3 is my temperature ✌im a teenager too.

  • Reply Kookie Ily March 3, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Wait what really

  • Reply Bee Niita March 4, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Fever is my friend??i am having lots of fever….from yesterday 😭🤧

  • Reply Allview User March 6, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Normal people shiver when they have a fever . I sweat and I am verryyy warm and cannot sleep.

  • Reply E L Catli March 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Very Unhelpful

  • Reply Zonan Pagaduan March 8, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    You forgot dizziness

  • Reply AllThings_Lakirah March 9, 2019 at 3:04 am

    This is THE MOST comforting and educating video on YT! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! So much!

  • Reply •Lexie • March 10, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    When I was younger I got a very bad cold and was in the hospital. I got a very bad fever so bad that it basically cooked my baby teeth and my adult teeth. Now my teeth are like eggs they crack ALOT!! I’m going to the dentist tomorrow and every time I go they say “ did you have a very bad fever when you were younger”

  • Reply Wolf storm plays {vampire neko{wields a scythe} March 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    …….I have a fever

  • Reply The Thanos March 14, 2019 at 8:54 am

    My fever is getting worse

  • Reply Irene Wong March 15, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I have a high fever when I was 1

  • Reply El_Masian March 16, 2019 at 1:02 am

    I have a bad fever and my birthday is in 2 days..

  • Reply firefox 209 March 16, 2019 at 2:12 am


  • Reply Kirishima Eijirou March 16, 2019 at 9:51 am

    i have a fever and i don't have a doctor 🙁 oof

  • Reply skyler draws! March 17, 2019 at 7:16 am

    My feet is cold and my hands are sweaty my tempeture is 37.4

  • Reply Gabriel Chaney March 18, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    I'm always cold almost everywhere when I have a fever, like if that's the same with you.

  • Reply RoAr_ Andy7 April 11, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t put stuff I’m not oppose to put in my mouth

  • Reply mwrcedes-benz 190 D 1986 2.0 deisel April 12, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    My temp is 40

  • Reply Shantha Rani April 12, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    It's really useful thank you so much

  • Reply Nadia White April 13, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Oop…… I have a healthy problem , this is no help for me

  • Reply Angel Eyes April 18, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Thank you help a lot

  • Reply Kate Jerkovic April 18, 2019 at 5:26 am

    I am on spring break and I have a fever 😭

  • Reply Ankit Jaiswaal May 3, 2019 at 10:28 am

    100.6 fever 5 month baby ko h usse jada problem to nhi please btaiye normal kitna h pleass

  • Reply Akira Zen May 11, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Thank you for this. It help me a lot.

  • Reply Carina S May 12, 2019 at 4:39 am

    My child had a Febrile Seizure and it was pretty scary. The video says it's rare but its most common in infants to 3 years old. Its when the body's temperature spikes from normal to very high too quickly, rather than a gradual increase. The body shuts down and goes into a seizure. I didn't know what was happening at first, but I quickly realized she was having a seizure. I never knew at that point in time It was caused by her fever. Wouldn't wish that experience on anyone.

  • Reply arham dhariwal May 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I have 104

  • Reply Xavier Descallar May 13, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Thank you! 😀

  • Reply Vaxz- YT May 18, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Who else is having a fever right now😂

  • Reply •Møchi• Ťräsh Edïts• May 19, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I got a fever in school!

  • Reply Kalia Meher May 19, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    So sweet your upload

  • Reply •BobaTeap LopèUwU• May 21, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Im having a fever right now thats why im watching this

  • Reply Direct Killjoy May 22, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Me watching this bc I have a fever lol

  • Reply Viri Diana May 30, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Best video ever

  • Reply Orlando May 31, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Dang it, this doesn’t feel good. I went for a run in the heat at about 80 or more degrees, and I got back home and took a very cold shower, right when I stepped into the shower I knew I screwed up 🙁 gonna try some Oj🙏🏼

  • Reply MammaAndMia May 31, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    I puked 🤢 yesterday

  • Reply K PoP 4Life June 1, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I ha e fever right now and I have 6 exams this week NICE

  • Reply XxAce_playzXx gacha June 4, 2019 at 5:47 am

    I have fever

  • Reply Mochi Mochi June 6, 2019 at 6:39 am

    I know this is late but i have fever XD just wanna say it p

  • Reply THE TRISHA HUNGRY ASSOCIATION THE T.H.A June 10, 2019 at 2:17 am

    I have 40 degree right now

  • Reply THE TRISHA HUNGRY ASSOCIATION THE T.H.A June 10, 2019 at 2:23 am

    I’m drinking galons right now

  • Reply Wasifisalive June 11, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    my sis have manenjitis a bacteria which gets to brain and it all started with fever wow

  • Reply QuietGamer June 16, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    when i breathe i feel like air is going through my chin, what is this?

  • Reply shadow wolf June 18, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I'm curious on why we don't just use bacteriophage instead of anti biotic

  • Reply Grameg Mccarthy June 21, 2019 at 4:21 am

    i have a disease always in CHOP but you guys asked me to try not to go to hospital because i can die if i get sick. i had a 104.5 fever and was gonna head to hospital but i couldn’t. a week later i was a lot better and i’m glad i didn’t go or i’d get more sick and maybe even die.

  • Reply Z June 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    I have 39,9 degrees and 40 degrees is lethal so i nearly died

  • Reply Butters Stotch June 26, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    I remember I had a fever as a kid , I remember the Orderlys and Nurses gave me a fast cold bath to break my fever , than I spent 3 days in the children’s ward recovering while my parents were in Alberta Canada visiting relatives and left my babysitter to bring me to the children’s wards in the hospital to recover from a bad fever .

  • Reply Tris S. June 27, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    My nephew of 13 months has a fever of 40c and my family refuse to take him to the hospital😭😭I don't know what to do I'm panicking by myself. I don't have money and I can't drive and no one will listen to me

  • Reply :fřèé:fïřë: champions June 28, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the information 💕💕

  • Reply RM Gaming June 29, 2019 at 1:49 am

    I have trouble in breathing I have a caugh please tell me is it normal?

  • Reply ShaoShao Shushi June 29, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Fevers my friend? Oh h*ll nah!

  • Reply Cedric Hua June 30, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Bacteria… Hm… I pooped 5 times in a day…

  • Reply D4NI D July 1, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Omg I was soo scared because I thought I had a brain tumor, but all of my symptoms match with the symptoms of a fever
    Keep up the great work!

  • Reply Genius by Design July 4, 2019 at 5:07 am

    water (OJ) and exercise if the BEST treatment of fever for me !!!

  • Reply Scarlett Adkins July 5, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I have a fever of 101.4

  • Reply Scarlett Adkins July 5, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    When I was really little I had a temperature of 104…

  • Reply 神楽 July 10, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Im at 39°c atm T^T

  • Reply 519raey July 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I thought I had malaria lmao thank God

  • Reply Ketaki Athalekar July 12, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I have dance competition after 2 days. I need to practice but I have fever. Would practicing during fever increase it?

  • Reply MAGICAL MAGIC MAGICIAN July 16, 2019 at 4:19 am

    That doesn't explain why i can't feel my feet

  • Reply Jelly_belly101 _ July 16, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    I’m shivering so much

  • Reply Ghoul ScApes July 17, 2019 at 5:15 am

    My fever is 102.8 😔

  • Reply Rapidclown July 24, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Who else drink soda when feeling bad?

    I drink 0 sugar soda

  • Reply Luna Starlight July 24, 2019 at 10:14 pm


  • Reply Jp SAD July 27, 2019 at 5:31 am

    I got a vertigo while having a fever help me, everything is spinning around I wish to die..

  • Reply Yass Mezh July 27, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Is vomiting also a symptom or not ?

  • Reply Rachel plays Roblox July 30, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I’m going to doctor tomorrow because fever jul 28 -Aug 1

  • Reply Donald Schmenk July 31, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I feel like I'm about to black out, and my legs aren't getting flow, and it's bright.

  • Reply Orlando Ortiz August 12, 2019 at 11:51 am

    So why are both symptoms almost the same

  • Reply Melvina Farris August 30, 2019 at 12:57 am

    First time mom this help a lot

  • Reply Insane Space ferrets September 7, 2019 at 2:36 am

    ive been feeling sick so i saw that fever is your f reind and that was SUPRISING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Reply Karma Jinx September 8, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Video: fevers may cause seizures and/ or brain damage Me: W H A T-

  • Reply 1000 subs no videos September 16, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Fever is the only illness I don't mind. It's good for you (if it doesn't reach 40+ degrees), it just makes you feel tired but if you lie down, you feel much better, you don't have to go to school and stay in bed all day xD

  • Reply Maria Jordan September 17, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I’m sick and I just want to go to school

  • Reply thirisha Thirisha September 24, 2019 at 7:00 am

    My baby is hvng fever 100

  • Reply IamCraqedBoi September 25, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Extremely helpful

  • Reply ĶĮŁĽŔ-X / X-ÇŁÅŇ October 3, 2019 at 2:25 am

    I knew it.

  • Reply Alexander Painton October 7, 2019 at 12:28 am

    0:54 Eewww! Germs! YUCK!

  • Reply Chicken Nugget October 8, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    I'm at 39.9° celcius… 🤒

  • Reply Orlando Alben October 11, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    i have the fever right now

  • Reply Soggy Sea Turtle October 11, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    i have a fever right now

  • Reply Itz Gacha Clouds October 15, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Me at skool: I wanna go home
    Me at home: Realising what things I had to do today…

  • Reply n a n c y October 24, 2019 at 8:26 am

    this video was more helpful than any of the mom groups 🙃 (ftm)

  • Reply LEGANDARY GAMER 9,000 October 25, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I cured my fever in ☝️ day!

  • Reply McCall Studios October 27, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    I’m scared because I’ve had a reoccurring fever for about 10 days now, and I have ocd and I’m just really scared.

  • Reply sakra vong October 29, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    My kid just got fever and this video has found me

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