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Good day! my son has a fever since lastnight, always 38 degrees celsius never go down eventhough im giving him paracetamol tempra (acetaminophen) infant drops, his 6 mo?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Natural response: 38 degrees celsius is not a particularly high fever, though it might be significantly higher if you were not giving him paracetamol. Paracetamol reduces fever but does not eliminate it. Fever is the body's natural response to infection and helps the immune system fight an infection. Thus, suppressing a fever can interfere with this response and prolong an infection. Please see my comment for more:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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A mild fever in a 6 month old is usually not serious & likely due to a self-limited viral infection, but if concerned you might have him examined by a doctor. If he does not seem in distress it might be best to stop the paracetamol to let the illness run its course. See http://www.nytimes.com/1982/12/28/science/fever-new-view-stresses-its-healing-benefits.html?pagewanted=all
Apr 18, 2012

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