Fever Limerick

Here is a limerick version of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ report on treating fever (for non-toxic non-infants):


For children with a feverish mug,

Reassure: “fever helps fight the bug!”

Give meds only if distressed,

Encourage fluids and rest,

And don’t fret if still febrile post-drug.


Given the persistence of caregiver feverphobia, remember the value of the reassurance mentioned in the poem’s second line!



Published by Marion Sills

I am a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado. I work as a physician in the emergency departments of the Children's Hospital of Colorado and as a health services researcher at the University's Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes (ACCORDS).

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