Conditions + Treatments

Fever in Children

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Overview

Your child has a fever if her temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

The body has several ways to maintain normal body temperature. The body responds to changes in temperature by:

  • Increasing or decreasing sweat production
  • Moving blood away from, or closer to, the surface of the skin
  • Getting rid of, or holding on to, water in the body
  • Naturally wanting to seek a cooler or warmer environment
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