Children's Fever 1

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Youve probably woken up in the middle of the night to find your child flushed, hot and sweaty. You suspect he or she has a fever but should you get out the thermometer? Dr. Edward Hill talks about childrens fever in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In healthy kids, fevers usually arent an indication of anything serious. Fever itself causes no harm and can actually be a good thing its often the bodys way of fighting infections.

Not all fevers need to be treated. High fever, however, can make a child uncomfortable and worsen problems such as dehydration.

Fever occurs when the bodys internal thermostat raises the body temperature above its normal level. This thermostat is found in the part of the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus knows what temperature your body should be, usually around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit and will send messages to your body to keep it that way.

Most peoples body temperatures even change a little bit during the course of the day: Its usually a little lower in the morning and a little higher in the evening and can fluctuate as kids run around, play and exercise.

Its important to remember that fever by itself is not an illness its usually a symptom of an underlying problem.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.