What do I do if my child has a fever?

In our experience, parents get overly concerned with fevers. Fever is a sign that your body is dealing with some type of infectious process whether it is something mild or something very severe. How high the fever is DOES NOT determine if the infection is severe or not.  Our office staff and providers need to know what ELSE is going on with your child other than fever. Does your child have breathing issues, poor liquid intake, unusual rashes or red polka dots on the skin, changes to urine appearance or smell, or just overall personality/demeanor changes? Our providers in the office should assess a fever lasting greater than 5 days, even if there are no other symptoms and your child looks great.