Fever causes students to miss class across Middle Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Germs spread easily in schools and every year fever is a major culprit in keeping children out of the classroom.

Dr. James Anderson, a pediatrician at TriStar Summit Medical Center, said he is seeing a lot of kids with fever.

He said the fever is usually associated with headaches, and possibly stomach aches or loss of appetite. Dr. Anderson said it may last two to three days, and is usually in the enterovirus family.

Dr. Anderson tells us parents should take children to see a doctor if:

  • Their child is younger than 6 weeks old and has a temperature higher than 100
  • Has fever with a rash
  • Has a severe headache, especially in the back of the head or accompanied by light sensitivity or neck pain
  • Has continuous chills
  • Has fever lasting more than 3 days
  • Has fever with a recent tick bite
  • If the child is lethargic

Dr. Anderson says if your child’s temperature is higher than 100, they need to stay home and away from other children so they don’t spread whatever is making them sick to other children

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