Fever is measured temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. In healthy kids, fevers usually don't indicate anything serious. Although it can be frightening when your child's temperature rises, fever itself causes no harm and can actually be a good thing — it's often the body's way of fighting infections. And not all fevers need to be treated. High fever, however, can make a child uncomfortable and make problems (such as dehydration) worse.
Commond colds, sometimes called URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) are caused by viruses. With kids getting as many as eight colds per year or more, this contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract is the most common infectious disease in the United States and the No. 1 reason kids visit the doctor and stay home from school. Medicine can't cure the common cold, but it can be used to relieve such symptoms as muscle aches, headache, and fever. You can give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen based on the package recommendations for age or weight.
Vomitting and diarrhea, also known as Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE) are caused by several different viruses. The biggest concern for any family member that is affected by AGE is the ability to stay well hydrated. Small frequent fluid volumes with pedialyte or a like fluid will help to prevent dehydration. Other fluids and bland foods should be introduced slowly with a goal of returning to a regular diet gradually, over approximately three days.