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Simple Fevers No 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 6 month old is getting recurring fevers. 45 minutes after medication works fever is back. 39 degrees ?
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
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