treatment for child fever

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These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.

Watch out these symptoms, if your child has any of these, go to ER immediately.

  • crying that won't stop
  • extreme irritability or fussiness
  • sluggishness and trouble waking up
  • a rash or purple spots that look like bruises on the skin (that were not there before your child got sick)
  • blue lips, tongue, or nails
  • infant's soft spot on the head seems to be bulging out or sunken in
  • stiff neck
  • severe headache
  • limpness or refusal to move
  • trouble breathing that doesn't get better when the nose is cleared
  • leaning forward and drooling
  • seizure
  • moderate to severe belly pain

The illness is probably not serious if your child:

  • is still interested in playing
  • is eating and drinking well
  • is alert and smiling at you
  • has a normal skin color
  • looks well when his or her temperature comes down
Kids whose temperatures are lower than 102°F (38.9°C) often don't need medicine unless they're uncomfortable. There's one important exception: If an infant 3 months or younger has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, call your doctor or go to the emergency department immediately. Even a slight fever can be a sign of a potentially serious infection in very young babies.

If your baby is only 3 months old, always consult a doctor for safety.

If your kid is older, when the temperature goes over 102°F (38.9°C) , give the baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen, never give the baby aspirin, it can be dangerous. 

Always keep your baby hydrated.

If the fever doesn't go away in three days, see a doctor.

If you notice any of warning signs, take the baby to ER immediately.

0-3 months: call the doctor, even if your child doesn't have any other signs or symptoms.

3-6 months : cncourage your child to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Medication isn't needed. Call the doctor if your child seems unusually irritable, lethargic or uncomfortable.

6-24 months: give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). If your child is age 6 months or older, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) is ok, too. Read the label carefully for proper dosage. Don't give aspirin to an infant or toddler. Call the doctor if the fever doesn't respond to the medication or lasts longer than one day.

2-17 years: Encourage your child to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Call the doctor if your child seems unusually irritable or lethargic or complains of significant discomfort. You can give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others). Read the label carefully for proper dosage.

Be careful not to give your child more than one medication containing acetaminophen, such as some cough and cold medicines. Avoid giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Call the doctor if the fever doesn't respond to the medication or lasts longer than three days.

Physical cooling (ice bag, increase heat dissipation),  medication.

The most important thing is to find out the cause. Is there pneumonia? Is there special pathogen, like Influenza A virus, since they might cause serious problem.

See if the fever goes away completely in 3 days, if it doesn't, you'll need to call your doctor and have tests.
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