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Why does my child's fever keep shooting up?

Why does my child's fever keep shooting up?

Fever: Fevers can rise which is normal for any illness. If not giving the appropriate amount of a medication, then the fever might not come down. Nothing to be overly alarmed about. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more


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What's the best way to bring down your child's fever?

What's the best way to bring down your child's fever?

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

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What is the most effective way to decrease a child's fever?

What is the most effective way to decrease a child's fever?

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

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What to do if I do not know how to deal with my child's fever!?

What to do if I do not know how to deal with my child's fever!?

Fever: First, I would recommend calling your doctor. They can recommend the appropriate dose of medication for your child. Also, they may feel that the symptoms warrant having the child seen. ...Read more

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How high should you let a child's fever get before taking him to the e.R.?

How high should you let a child's fever get before taking him to the e.R.?

How old?: The age of the child will influence whether the degree of fever may be placing them at risk, but if they have a body temperature of more than 104.5 it might be a good idea to have a doctor see them. ...Read more

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What if a child's fever won't go down even after taking the recommended dose of ibuprofen?

What if a child's fever won't go down even after taking the recommended dose of ibuprofen?

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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Is it better to take tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin for a child's fever?

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Is it better to take tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin for a child's fever?

No big difference: Only measurable difference would be
duration of antipyretic effect, i.e., tylenol (acetaminophen) for 4 hours vs Motrin 6 hrs. The efficacy is pretty much same at usual dose at 10 mg per kg of body weight. ...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.

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

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If have a child got fever she is 4yrs old. What are the trement?

If have a child got fever she is 4yrs old. What are the trement?

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

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How long can a 4 year old child have fever before I have to take her to the dr?

How long can a 4 year old child have fever before I have to take her to the dr?

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

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Why does my child have fevers every 6 weeks even though blood work shows nothing?

Periodic fevers: There is a diagnosis called periodic fevers. The fevers are sometimes associated with sore throat. If the fevers occur with frequency, you may want to discuss with your doctor the possibility of a rheumatology referral. ...Read more

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My child has fever of 101 should I panic?

My child has fever of 101 should I panic?

Don't panic: Does your child have any symptoms. If he's joyful or playful, don't worry. A child's temp can sometime rise by his activity. Just keep a watchful eye on him. ...Read more

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Child had fever now has cough and nausea what is it?

Cough: This may be a viral upper respiratory infection. The nausea may be from swallowing mucus. I would want to make sure there isn't a more serious illness like pneumonia. It would be a good idea to see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Please tell me what should I do when my child has fever vaccination during? My child is 2 months

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

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Does every child get fever after been given vaccine?

Does every child get fever after been given vaccine?

Possible: Fever is always a possible side effect of vaccines, but not often and generally annoying, but harmless. ...Read more

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Child with fever for 6 days and very dizzy, what to do?

Child with fever for 6 days and very dizzy, what to do?

See a doctor ASAP!: When a child begins to have symptoms beyond fever - such as dizziness, concern for more than just the run of the mill viral infection increases. You should have your child checked out by your doc today if they are open, or by an urgent care physician. Good luck! ...Read more

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Child with fever and cough. On antibiotics but looking like it's not effective, so maybe change medicine?

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

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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?

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?

Ibuprofen: It is a good anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic (reduces temp). Mefenamic acid is good for reducing pain and swelling for peri-menstrual complaints and possibly migraines. It is not recommended for a child. ...Read more

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Newborn child high fever blood test c-reactive protein high?

Newborn child high fever blood test c-reactive protein high?

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

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Has anybody else's child get fever and sickness after they got the nasal flu vaccine!?

Has anybody else's child get fever and sickness after they got the nasal flu vaccine!?

Nasal flu vaccine: The vaccine may give mild cold symptoms but is not known to cause fever ...Read more

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Does it help to alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen in a child with fever?

Does it help to alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen in a child with fever?

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

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Child no fever, no running nose, blowing nose once in morning, but sneezing a few times. What could it be?

Child no fever, no running nose, blowing nose once in morning, but sneezing a few times. What could it be?

Sneezing: This sounds like allergy symptoms and can treat with OTC Claritin 10 mg or Loratadine q d for symptoms when they occur. Welcome to healthtap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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My child has fever, headache, and sore throat today.?

My child has fever, headache, and sore throat today.?

? 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

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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?

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