Why Do We Get Fevers and How Does Medicine Help?

What is a Fever?

A fever means your body's temperature is higher than normal. It's fighting germs!

Why Fever Happens

When germs invade, our body turns up the heat to fight them off!

Feeling Hot?

When you have a fever, you might feel hot, sweaty, or shivery.

Using a thermometer, we can see how high our body's temperature is.

Taking Your Temperature

Usually, our body's temperature is about 98.6°F. Above this, it's a fever.

What’s Normal?

How Medicine Helps

Medicine like ibuprofen helps lower the fever and makes you feel better.

Rest is Best

When you have a fever, resting helps your body heal faster.

Drink Lots of Fluids

Drinking water is important to stay hydrated and help your body recover.

If your fever is very high or lasts a long time, it’s time to see a doctor.