(WKBW/ABC News) New guidelines are out for treating kids with fevers. Pediatricians now say don't worry when it goes a little past 98.6 degrees.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that if you give your child Advil or Tylenol for a 100 degree temperature, then you have "fever phobia."
It says mild fevers are not harmful and actually help fight off the bacteria or virus that is making the child sick.
Doctors say medicine should only be given to improve a child's comfort level-- not to restore normal body temperature.
It's also important to keep up fluids and watch for any signs of a serious illness.
Also, a lot of medicines say they can be repeated every four to six hours, yet doctors advise parents not to wake a sleeping child to administer a fever-reducer, unless the child wakes up and feels uncomfortable. The sleep is more important.
And, they say all of this advice does not apply to children with certain chronic conditions or to children under three months of age. Infants under three months need to see a doctor if they have any fever.