"We always recommend supportive care," said Dr. Estevan Garcia, vice chair for emergency medicine at Maimonedes Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.
According to Garcia
, many parents fear their child's high fever could trigger a febrile seizure.
Febrile seizures are short convulsions brought on by fevers usually higher than 103 degrees.
While it can seem scary for parents, the seizures are rare and considered harmless to the child if handled properly, according to the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
, a part of the National Institutes of Health
Only about 4 percent of children experience febrile seizures with high fevers.
said, a fever may warrant a check-in with a doctor if it persists above 103 degrees and continues to make a child uncomfortable.
"When the behavior has changed to the point when the parent realizes Junior continues to feel uncomfortable even with support, then they might need an intervention," said Garcia
said many experts will treat the fever with medication only to make a child comfortable.
said the underlying cause of the fever is really what experts really look for to treat, not the fever itself.