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Old 07-27-2014, 11:21 PM
kinoons is offline
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How so? Brain damage does not occur until 107-108 degrees. A fever will practically never get that bad -- which is why it is important to make the distinction between hyperthermia and a fever. If you over bundle a child or lock them in a car then they can get hyperthermia and die. A body setting it's internal thermostat to "fever" won't do that.

Even in the case of febrile seizures there are no lasting health effects or predisposition to fevers later in life.

Since the advent of HIB and PCV immunizations the rate of peds bacteremia is also virtually zero. Unless a child looks septic or has specific symptoms to direct additional testing current treatment recommendations for vaccinated kids over 90 days and a fever >102.2 is a UA only. Additional testing usually isn't even considered until 104 degrees.