Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Doctor Heath Cobb: Kids & Fevers
(KUTV) Fevers can be a scary thing for parents, but experts say a fever itself causes no harm and can actually be a good thing.
Parents know the scenario all too well; their child wakes up in the middle of the night with a fever. The first instinct is to call their pediatrician, or go to the emergency room.
Doctor Heath Cobb is a physician at the Northern Utah Pediatrics Clinic in Ogden. He says fevers are just a sign that your child is fighting something.
While your child's body is fighting the cold or infection, Doctor Cobb says the best thing to do is give them plenty of liquids and try to keep them comfortable.
If your child is under 8 years-old, you should avoid giving them over the counter medications.
If you are worried, Doctor Cobb says don't hesitate to call your pediatrician, especially if the fever doesn't go away after a few days.
The advice he stresses the most is, stay calm.
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