Most of us are a little bit afraid of fevers. They are typically the first sign that something is going on with our kiddos (or ourselves) and we rush around, grabbing all the medicine, preparing for the worst. Let’s start instead by congratulating that immune system for doing its job and see how this plays out!

Then let’s take a deep breath and determine what the number on the thermometer means:

Finally, let’s talk about what to do. The guidance on how to treat a fever and when to seek medical care differs, depending on age and other symptoms. Read the following guides for help understanding what to do next, no matter who you are and what you’re fighting: