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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 off infections. And not all fevers need to be treated. High fever, however, can make a child uncomfortable and aggravate problems such as dehydration.
What Is Fever?
Fever occurs when the body's internal "thermostat" raises the body temperature above its normal level. This thermostat is found in the part of the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus knows what temperature your body should be (usually around 98.6° Fahrenheit, or about 37° Celsius) and will send messages to your body to keep it that way.
Most people's body temperatures even change a little bit during the course of the day: It's usually a little lower in the morning and a little higher in the evening and can fluctuate as kids run around, play, and exercise.
Sometimes, though, the hypothalamus will "reset" the body to a higher temperature in response to an infection, illness, or some other cause. So, why does the hypothalamus tell the body to change to a new temperature? Researchers believe turning up the heat is the body's way of fighting the germs that cause infections and making the body a less comfortable place for them.
A six-year-old boy from Kent who was believed to be otherwise healthy has died after contracting swine flu, Sky sources have said.
The latest death comes after Britain's chief medical officer warned that up to 65,000 people could die from swine flu across the UK.
Sir Liam Donaldson also suggested 9% of the workforce could have flu by the end of August, rising to 12% over the winter.
The grim predictions - a worst case scenario - came as the Health Protection Agency said 29 people have already died in the UK after contracting the virus.
Source: Swine Flu Kills 'Healthy' Boy Of Six