Click HERE to listen to Dr Traeger's message about fever. 

Fever is one of the most common concerns from parents. While fever is something that you should pay attention to, it is NOT something that you should fear. Please see the following link from the American Academy of Pediatrics for more information

Fever Without Fear - American Academy of Pediatrics

Text from the "medical minute:"

Hello, this is Aaron Traeger, pediatrician with Advocate Medical Group. Fever is a common problem for children. Remember, fever is a temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit no matter how it is taken. Rectal is fine but under the arm, tongue or with one of those fancy scanner thermometers is ok. The number that you get is what you get. Do not add or subtract a degree.

Also,  ANY temperature over 100.4 in a child less than 4 months is abnormal. If this happens you need to call your doctor immediately. In older, vaccinated children, look at how your child is acting. If they are not acting right, lethargic, have a rash, refuse to drink or are unresponsive call your doctor. If acting normally, it is ok to watch and see how things go for a couple days. 

Finally, medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen do not prevent fevers nor do they make the fever go away permanently. Giving these medicines will help your child feel better, but until whatever is causing the fever has resolved the fever will return. 

Always trust your parental gut when dealing with your sick child. If you think they need to be seen, they do, just call and your pediatrician will be happy to see you.

For more information visit amgdoctors.com/medicalminute. With the Advocate Medical Group Medical Minute, this is Dr Aaron Traeger