So, you go in to kiss your five-year-old child goodnight and the forehead is really hot. You get the thermometer and it reads 102.5 degrees F! You panic a little. Should you be concerned? Of course. Many parents fear the fever, when fever really is a friend. Fever helps our bodies to fight the infection or disease. Fever “turns up the oven” to cook the germs. Fever is helpful to the body. Of course, there are exceptions. Any fever in an infant less than two months of age is an emergency (go to the hospital or doctor’s office immediately).
Want to know what defines a fever? Take a look at my article for the Tidewater Family Magazine for this month.