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Fever: Fever is a generally beneficial response to infection and helps to fight the infection. The only reasons to reduce fever are that the individual is patently uncomfortable with the fever, or that their heart or lungs cannot tolerate it, or that the fever has reached heights in a child which place them at risk of seizures (>105). You can use tepid washcloth baths, low dose pediatric tylenol, (acetaminophen) etc. ...Read more
Medication: A fever does not always need to be decreased. However, if your child is uncomfortable, there are things you can do to relieve that. Tepid baths or cool compresses to the forehead, inner arms, wrist, and/or neck. If your child is older than 6 months, you can use medications that decrease fevers. Acetaminophen (tylenol) or ibuprofen (advil, motrin) both work well. Always dose by weight, not age. ...Read more
Common issue: The amount of fever generated by a child with a normal immune system is determined by the brain sensors detecting fever triggering particles in the blood. Fever reduction may not occur if the stimulus is intense enough, & does not warrant exceeding the recommended dose or crude measures (ice packs, cold baths, etc.). Concentration on fluid needs & other comfort measures gives more benefit. ...Read more
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My 2 year boy child had fever and falloff suddenly while standing and hit his back headnon the ground. He had fits after 2 hours. Not severe fever.
Rapid rise in temp: Your child had a febrile seizure. These seizures usually occur if the temperature rises rapidly as opposed to a high temperature per se. Febrile seizures are seen in the young age group, usually outgrown by five years of age. These seizures do not cause any brain damage. ...Read more
To treat or not: You do not need to treat a fever. If it is complicated by pain, and the temperature is greater than 101.4 for children over 2 months of age then the amount of medication depends on the weight. You can buy over the counter antipyretics at your local pharmacy and the doses are noted on the side of the package. Remember that your child needs to be well hydrated when giving antipyretics. ...Read more
Depends: If she has had all her vaccines, the chance of severe illness is low in the first 24 hours. If she is drinking and playing well, and maintains good eye contact and is talkative, she should be okay and can be kept at home with you for a day. ...Read more
Fever &vaccinations: Some vaccinations can cause fever but some studies indicate that use of Acetaminophen in early months of life can lead to asthma in young children. So only use the Acetaminophen if baby is fussy with fever and temp. Is higher than 100 degrees. I have stopped using Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen prophylactically for a number of years. ...Read more
Child with fever and cough. On antibiotics but looking like it's not effective, so maybe change medicine?
Be patient: Most cough/fever in a kid is a cold or some other virus. Treating a cold with antibiotics will not heal it faster or fix a fever that is not caused by bacteria. If the kid was labeled as a bronchitis or some other infection, the antibiotics may or may not have been needed. Unless the kid is going down hill you should give it some time to self heal. ...Read more
I have a child with fever that did not come below 39c after patacetamol, what is the best medication to add. Ibruprofen or mefenamic acid?
Complex: We start treatment on our infants who have fever or the mother has an infection/fever. There are supporting tests (complete blood count and c-reactive protein) that may support but not prove infection. The gold standard is the blood culture that takes 48 hrs to come back (+ or -). Regardless of all that the physician must make a clinical decision about how long to treat the infantbased on these &. ...Read more
Yes: When children get fever most often we can use one or the other to help reduce the fever but when they have a high fever they are uncomfortable and tylenol (acetaminophen) alone does not decrease the fever wenough and or children are still uncomfortable. In this situation we often reccommend alternating Ibuprofen and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more
Child no fever, no running nose, blowing nose once in morning, but sneezing a few times. What could it be?
What would cause reoccuring sickness in child: high fever, nasal/chest cong. Seems to come on about every 6wks. Neg for strep/flu. Seasonal allergies?
Not allergies: Allergies would not cause fever. I would want to know the following: how old is the child? How long has this been going on? Any other lab work, specifically a blood count? Any other symptoms, such as swollen glands, sores in the mouth, rashes, joint swelling? How high is the fever? Recurrent fevers of unknown origin are sometimes referred to pediatric infectious disease specialists. ...Read more
My child have fever and difficulty in breathing while sleeping. Should I just use a nasal spray and decongestant.?
No: Call your doctor asap or go to the er/call 911 anytime your child has 'difficulty breathing'. Trouble in breathing is dangerous and needs assessment asap. In addition, all cold medications are now restricted in kids. Whatever age your child is, clear with your doctor the use of any cold medications. ...Read more
? Step throat: The symptoms may be due to strep throat but if symptoms persist more than 24 hours, it would be best to see a physician and find out. There is no substitute for a face to face evaluation. In the meantime treat the symptoms with fluids, approved over the counter meds based on age and weight. Don't wait 24 hours if symptoms continue to worsen. ...Read more
7 year old child with fever of 103°, called pedi, told to alternating ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Fever was as high as 104° is that ER time?
If parent is worried: Whether or not a 7 yr old with a fever of 104 needs to go to the E.R. Depends on if the parent is very worried, and if the child actually has serious symptoms. If the parent is very worried, he should take the child to the E.R. No matter what the fever is. But, a normal healthy 7yr kid who looks pretty good, acts pretty normal, and just started a high fever, usually can see the dr. In the morning. ...Read more