In the latest Keeping Kids Healthy column by UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly: It is the cause of the fever, whether infection or an autoimmune disease, that hurts the child not the degree of fever. It is the degree of illness not the degree of fever. Fever itself is not a danger and actually may be a benefit in fighting the infection. Treating the fever may make the child more comfortable but it is important to follow the directions for doses carefully.