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Childrens Fever Medication
NO: Fever is just a symptom, not a disease that needs to be treated in some way. It's your body's way of saying there is something going on that needs to "ramp up" the immune system to get the body back to its healthy state. Most often a mild infection, but sometimes other health things can cause a fever. Just rest, consume lots of fluids, and watch for other symptoms. Usually clears by itself! ...Read more
Hydrate: Keep yourself well hydrated. Fevers are caused by your body releasing interleukins and interferons during an infection. Its also your bodies way of combating infection. Even several degrees higher than normal body temperature make bacteria and virus replication drop dramatically...So fever isn't a bad thing at all unless its very very high (>104). ...Read more
Cooling measures: A lukewarm bath can quickly cool your baby; another option is sponge bathing; you are in effect, wiping the skin down, and then wringing it out in some room temp water and then repeating- this is a means of heat transfer, from your baby into a bucket of water. ...Read more
High water content: Any time you have a fever, the best thing to do is to keep yourself hydrated. So foods that have high water content like soup, watermelon, yogurt. Drinking plain old water is also extremely important. You don't need medicine for the fever unless you are uncomfortable. Your body fights illness better at higher body temperature, so let the temp be.... ...Read more
Since last month when I feel hot or have some physical activity I get fever 37.7 up to 38 for few min only then it go with no medication. Is this fever?
Depends: If under 2 months, give nothing and call your doctor asap. Over 2 months can get tylenol (acetaminophen), (acetaminophen) over 6 months can get advil/motrin or the tylenol (acetaminophen). But regardless of age, if febrile and that child isn't acting well, then you need to contact your doctor asap. ...Read more
Should-N0: There are many opinions on the treatment of fever in children. Not all fever has to be treated. Acetamenophen is a good fever reducer. Ibuprofen is a good fever reducer. Depending on the age of the child & the weight of the child, either is acceptable. Some physicians recommend alternating a dose of one with the other every 4 hours so that no one drug get in the toxic range. Discuss with pcp. ...Read more
Antibiotics?: Fever alone should not be an indication to take antibiotics without a specific causative diagnosis. If you feel uncomfortable with the fever, a mild agent like acetaminophen or NSAIDS might make you feel better. If you have fever as high as you say it might be better to be seen by a doctor since do not know other symptoms you have and this is no place for a diagnosis. You need to be seen. Best. ...Read more
Forget the fever...: ...Doe she need any medication that is actually important - antibiotic or antiviral such as oseltamivir? Antibiotics can be life-savers in some cases; they can sometimes be given as injections. But giving fever reducing medication to a child is mostly done to manage anxiety in parents; the prognosis or outcome of an illness does not depend on whether or not fever medicine is given. ...Read more
My 5 year old is having fever. Should I check her temp regularly at night? If fever occurs, shoukd I wake her up for medication?
No: Sleep has more benefit to your child than any chart you might be keeping to follow her illness.Fever actually slows the growth of most germs & speeds a kids metabolism to help them fight the illness. If she wakes, a med may be in order to help her get back to sleep but you can do that based on a warm forehead. There is no need to check her temp. I would concentrate more on fluid needs. ...Read more
I have fever and all my body hurt, sometimes I get a headache I been feeling like this for 2 days what should I do or any medications should I take?
Likely viral illness:
You probably have a viral illness - maybe the Flu - did you get your Flu shot this year?
Keep yourself hydrated and take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for your fever & aches. If you develop a sore throat or have any problems breathing get yourself checked in an Urgent care or by your doctor. ...Read more
Either or, but...: Acetaminophen (tylenol) or Ibuprofen both work well on fevers. There are two keys, however. First, do you really need to get the fever down? Fever helps you fight off infections, so unless you are really wiped out by the fever, you should use it to your advantage and let it help fight your illness. If you need the medicine, though, use the right dose. So many under dose the medication- use enough. ...Read more
Tepid bath: If you bathe in tepid water and briskly rub your skin all over with a rough washcloth this may help to reduce your fever, but unlikely to do much about your headache. Without your providing much more info it sounds as if you might benefit by being seen and examined by a doctor. ...Read more
Avoidance measures: Removing oneself from the allergic trigger is the best advice but challenging at best when it comes to pollen that causes hay fever. After being outside, it can be helpful to change clothes and take a shower when a person returns home. Also, flushing the nose with saline (salt water) rinse can help. Keep the doors and windows of the house and car closed and avoid using an outdoors clothesline. ...Read more
See doctor: Persisten fever is never normal and should be evaluated by your dr. Take your temperature, note the time of day it spikes, and record any associated symptoms. Bring all of the medicines/supplements to appt. A physical exam is essential to identify the problem. Please don't delay. ...Read more
Why are the schools saying that if your child gets a fever not to treat with a fever reducer medication?
Fever helps..: The body to fight illness. That's why we get a fever...Because the immune system works better with a fever. That said, fever makes you feel awful, so I still use fever reducers just to feel better. I'd rather have several days of semi-misery, rather than one day less of horrible misery. Why is your school giving medical advice? ...Read more
My baby one year old. She have full cold & cough little bit fever also. What medication is safe to give?
URI: Take her in the washroom and let her inhale the steam of a hot shower. At night let her sleep with a vaporizer. Raise her mattress so she is sleeping on an angle. Use salt water nose drops at least four times a day. Rub vaporub on her chest at night. I would not use juice because the sugars may cause diarrhea to add to her discomfort. ...Read more
Is it ok to take biogesic while I am under medication of taking fixcom 4? (2nd day fever 39.8c but was gone in the morning)
Should be but...: Just take the biogesic as suggested and only if you need it. Several of the TB meds can affect the liver as can biogesic. ...Read more
My 9 year old has a fever of 101.7 is this normal temperature.. What medication could I give her so she could feel better?
My 4year old daughter on in off fever. 2days. Everytime fevered she has tonsiliatis. What wil I do? What are the medication.? Thank
See her provider: If your daughter has history of recurrent tonsil infections you want to be able to document if these are caused by streptococcus. This can only be confirmed by a throat swab. There are many other infections, most of them viral, that can cause a fever and most of these need no rx medication. Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) can bring down fever. Her provider can determine if viral or bacterial. ...Read more
Hi there. My wife has a fever and her body hurts. She is pregnant. What medication can she safely take in order to ease her pain. Thanks?
She has a fever since Wed morning, with temperature between 101-103. Caugh a little when awake but in good spirit. Not as active and naps frequently. Haven't given her any medication. Any advice?
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