How hot is too hot?
Fevers are a sign that the body is fighting off a cold, flu or other infection. Luckily, most fevers can be managed in the comfort of your own home.
However, you should always call the doctor or health care professional if:
- Your infant is younger than 3 months old with a fever above 38°C
- Your child’s fever repeatedly rises to above 40°C
- Your child has high fever symptoms such as severe headache, severe sore throat, severe ear pain, repeated vomiting or diarrhea, an unexplained rash, or a stiff neck.
- Your child is younger than 2 years old, and the fever lasts more than 24 hours.
- Your child is more than 2 years old, and the fever lasts more than 72 hours.
How can I comfort my child?
Fever reducers such as paracetamol (TYLENOL® for Babies & TYLENOL® for Children) may help make your child more comfortable. Ask your doctor for his or her recommendation.
Other steps to consider:
- Sponge your child’s body with slightly warm water (only if they find it comforting and stop if they begin to shiver)
- Keep your child cool with light clothing and a lower room temperature
- Make sure your child drinks lots of liquids
- A sleeping child is a comfortable child. It’s recommended that you not wake a sleeping child to give fever medicine.
Preparing for cold and flu season?
See how you can help your little one try to avoid cold and flu.
Here are some tips on how to stop a cold before it starts:
Support your immune system
Preventing a cold begins with your immune system. Drinking fluids, eating a balanced diet and snacking on yogurt may help your body prepare for and potentially even prevent a cold.
Common cold prevention is sometimes as simple as avoiding people who have a cold, especially during the first 2-3 days that symptoms like a sore throat appear.
Wash your hands
A great way to help prevent a cold is to frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds (or hum “Happy Birthday” twice). By targeting how germs spread, you can reduce your chance of getting a cold by about 20%.
Avoid touching your eyes, mask or nose
Keep your fingers away from your eyes and nose to avoid spreading germs. A single gram of bacteria can contain 1 trillion germs.
The information on this page is intended solely as a general education aid and is not intended as medical or healthcare advice, to be used for medical diagnosise or treatment for any individual problem or as a substitute for professional advice from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your unique facts. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for all health-related matters and before starting any new treatment.