Fever is an elevation of the normal body temperature. Fever is most commonly caused by the body’s response to a viral or bacterial infection, but it can have causes other than infection, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a reaction to a vaccine or medication, or cancer.

For infants and children older than 2 months, a body temperature above 101°F (38.3°C) from any site (axillary, oral, or rectal) is considered meaningfully elevated above normal. For infants younger than 2 months, a body temperature above 100.4°F (38.0°C) is considered meaningfully elevated above normal. These temperature elevations are not necessarily an indication of a significant health problem.

Children’s temperatures may be elevated for a variety of reasons, most of which do not indicate serious illness.

Only if

Yes, when all the following criteria are met:

When exclusion criteria are resolved, the child is able to participate, and staff members determine they can care...

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