A normal body temperature for kids is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (F). A fever happens when your body temperature rises above this number. It’s your immune system’s response to viral and bacterial infections, such as meningitis, pneumonia or influenza, and other conditions such as heatstroke.
A high fever in children is a temperature above 104 degrees F. A high fever in babies is anything over 100.4 degrees F. If you’re not sure when to go to the emergency room, a good rule is to seek medical care if your child’s temperature is above these numbers.
Also seek medical care for a high fever in children in these situations:
- He or she just received vaccinations. A high fever may be a sign of a severe immunization reaction.
- Your child has a chronic medical condition.
- Your child has been outside of the country recently.
Our team at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department is equipped to treat high fever in children in Goshen, IN. With experienced physicians and nurses, leading-edge technologies and a compassionate environment, we provide advanced care that prioritizes the well-being of your family.