When you’re a parent and your little weeble gets sick, it can be heartbreaking. And if they end up with a fever, it can freak us right out. But the thing is, while it’s totally normal for parents to worry about their kids, a fever is not necessarily a sign that something is seriously wrong. Usually, it just means that your kid is fighting something off.
We always recommend seeing your doctor when you’re concerned. You should never think twice about it — but you can also rest assured that there’s a whole mixed bag of gross germy things out there that may cause your little one to get sick and spike a fever.
If they do get sick, making your child comfortable is key. Children’s Advil is clinically proven to provide up to 8 hours of fever relief, so you and your kid can both feel better. And in the meantime, check out this list of some of the not-so-scary reasons why your kid might have a fever, so you can ease your mind a little.
Common colds and flu. These usually last about 5 to 7 days, can cause a whole bunch of gross symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, coughing and fever, and can be treated with fluids, rest and time.
Hand, foot and mouth disease. This one sounds scary, but it’s actually a pretty common viral illness that usually affects kids under the age of 5. It also usually comes with a fever, sore throat and painful sores that look like small red spots in the mouth and a blistery-type rash on the hands, feet and sometimes bum. Definitely have it diagnosed by your doctor.
Strep throat. This nasty little one comes with a fever, sore throat and a loss of appetite, among other symptoms. No fun for anyone.
Immunizations. Kids sometimes get a low-grade fever after getting vaccinated. Ask your doctor for advice on what to do if you’re concerned.
Roseola. This one starts with a fever, irritability and sore throat, and after that, small red spots appear on the trunk, face, neck and limbs. It’s common in little ones — around 6 months to 2 years old.
Ear infections. These often start as a cold with a cough and a runny nose and can lead to fluid getting trapped in the ear and getting infected. Ear infections often come with a fever, irritability and your little one may pull on their ears as well.
One thing a lot of parents tend to think causes fever is teething — but the truth is, although teething may cause a slight rise in body temperature, it’s likely not the cause if your child has a temp higher than 100°F (37.8°C).
Hydration is always key when it comes to fevers. Make sure your child is drinking. And if your child is old enough, a popsicle will work in a pinch. Good luck getting through these illnesses, parents!
This post was written by Children’s Advil®
Every child is different, but generally, fever and/or pain is reduced within about 1–2 hours. Note, however, that the temperature may still remain elevated slightly and not return to normal entirely. If you note that the pain and fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days, stop the use of the product and consult your healthcare provider.