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Monday
Feb282011

Are You Overtreating Your Child's Fevers?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill.) -- For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released guidelines for parents and health care professionals on how to deal with fevers in children.

It says that if you give your child Advil or Tylenol for a one hundred degree Temperature, then you have "fever phobia."

That's because mild fevers are not harmful and don't need to be treated aggressively.

Fever is common symptom in children. But a fever helps the body fight infection and should be treated to improve a child's level of body temperature.

This advice does not apply to children with certain chronic conditions or to children under three months of age -- who should be taken to the doctor if they have a fever.

But for other youngsters, the bottom line is don't treat fever just because it's there.

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