Nearly every parent has felt their child’s hot, feverish forehead and worried. Is it serious? How high is too high? Should they go to the doctor?
Cara Barone, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, often sees worried parents bring in their feverish children for treatment. When it comes to fever, she explains, prompt medical treatment is sometimes very important. However, in most cases, fevers are not dangerous and can even be viewed as helpful as they fight infections naturally.
“It’s important to know when to treat, and when to let nature take its course,” she says.