Can a Fever be 'Too High?'

March 19th 2019

Mary Jean Ohns, DNP, APRN, CPNP, CCRN, of Toledo Children's Hospital joined Contemporary Clinic during the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in New Orleans, Louisiana to discuss whether or not a fever can be "too high."

Mary Jean Ohns, DNP, APRN, CPNP, CCRN, of Toledo Children's Hospital joined Contemporary Clinic during the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in New Orleans, Louisiana to discuss whether or not a fever can be "too high."

Mary Jean Ohns, DNP, APRN, CPNP, CCRN: There’s no number that we worry about with a fever. We need to educate parents what the purpose of fever [is]. A fever is a good thing, because fever turns on your immune system. So, it just means that a child has a new infection. It’s probably a virus, because most infections are caused by viruses. And so, the fact that a child has a fever means that their body is trying to fight the infection that is causing the fever, so it’s probably a good thing.

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