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Fever Cares

A fever is another name for a high temperature.

A high fever does not necessarily mean your child has a serious illness. Fever is a sign of infection which is usually caused by a virus but it may sometimes be due to bacteria.

Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Virus infections, which are far more common, do not need antibiotics. The fever is a way in which the body fights infection, and the temperature will return to normal when the infection has completely gone.

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