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Doctors Recommend Riding Out a Fever; Test Your Knowledge

Leaving a high fever untreated may sound crazy to both new and seasoned moms, but it may become standard practice. According to a new report in the journal Pediatrics, there is no reason to use medication to alleviate a fever in an otherwise healthy child. The report concludes that for children over 3-months-old, medicating may actually lengthen the course of the illness, rather than shorten it, because the drugs confuse the body into thinking that the illness is gone.

Before tossing your acetaminophen and ibuprofen take this quiz to see how much you know about fevers.

Doctors Recommend Riding Out a Fever; Test Your Knowledge

At what temperature is a newborn's fever considered serious enough to call the doctor?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
Wow, I did AWFUL on this one! Good to learn.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 8 years
My poor son! I only knew 2 of those! : (
macgirl macgirl 8 years
My father in law loves to tell the story of when my husband was a toddler and his mom freaked out that he was sick and marched into the doctor yelling and screaming... only to find out that she overdresses him ;-)
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
3/5...I had heard the cool bath one could actually bring on shock, even if its not cold and just cool. Oh well. I have never heard overdressing can cause a fever.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
What a great quiz. I needed to brush up (I got 1 out of 5! Yikes!)!
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