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A 5 Year Old With a Fever & No Other Symptoms

author image Nicki Howell
Nicki Howell started her professional writing career in 2002, specializing in areas such as health, fitness and personal finance. She has been published at health care websites, such as HealthTree, and is a ghostwriter for a variety of small health care organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University.
A 5 Year Old With a Fever & No Other Symptoms
A mother checking her daughter's temperature with a digital thermometer. Photo Credit Mike Watson Images/moodboard/Getty Images

A fever in a 5-year-old without noticeable symptoms can be caused by a virus, bacterial infection or inflammatory conditions. Generally, it's challenging for a 5-year-old to communicate his symptoms. This makes it difficult to determine what’s wrong with your child. Whatever the cause, parents can make their child more comfortable and know when it’s time to get medical attention.

Fever Red Flags

If your 5-year-old is unresponsive or doesn’t make eye contact, get medical attention right away. This could be the sign of a more serious medical problem. If your child seems irritable or uncomfortable, you should consult his doctor. The duration of the fever matters, too. A 5-year-old with a fever lasting three days or longer should see his pediatrician, recommends MayoClinic.com. If his temperature is 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, he should also see his doctor. This will help rule out underlying problems.

Fever Reducers

A 5-year-old with a fever and no other symptoms might benefit from a fever reducer if her temperature is 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, notes the Mayo Clinic. However, you should never administer a fever reducer, like acetaminophen, without consulting your pediatrician first. If your 5-year-old has a low-grade fever, and no other symptoms, your doctor might advise against using a fever reducer. Use of these medications in children with low-grade fevers might prolong illness. Never give your 5-year-old aspirin -- this medication is used in adults only. A child who takes aspirin is at risk for developing a potentially fatal condition called Reye’s Syndrome.

Prescription Medications

If your child’s doctor determines his fever is caused by a bacterial infection, she might prescribe an antibiotic. Administer the medication as prescribed. If he starts to feel better, finish the prescription. Stopping a prescription early might make your child’s illness worse. Don’t take antibiotics for viral infections. This type of medication isn’t effective for treating viruses, according to MayoClinic.com.

Home Remedies

During a fever, keep your child cool. Dress her in light clothing. Provide a light blanket and avoid heavy comforters. You can also give her a lukewarm bath. If she shivers during the bath, remove her from the water. Shivering causes an increase in body temperature. Encourage your 5-year-old to rest. Physical activity generates body heat, which elevates your child's temperature.

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