Caring for Your Child’s Fever

Caring for Your Child’s Fever


When your child has a fever, it doesn’t
always mean that you need to worry or see the doctor. A fever is the body’s way of fighting illness or infection. Fevers can be caused by colds, the flu, or infections. A normal body temperature is about 98.6°F If your child’s temperature is 100.4° F or above, he or she has a fever. But how your child looks or acts tells you more than the temperature itself. If you have a newborn baby 2 months old or younger, who has a fever,
then you need to call the doctor right away. In older babies and children, you can usually
treat most fevers at home. Give your child lots of fluids and keep the
room at a comfortable temperature. If your child is -not feeling well, you can
give over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
They can help reduce the fever but they won’t cure the illness or make it go away faster. Always follow the age and dosage recommendations
on the label. And use the measuring cup or spoon that comes
with the medicine, not kitchen spoons. Never use ice or alcohol to bring down a fever.
And don’t sponge bathe an infant who has a fever.
Don’t overdress your child or wrap in blankets. Call us right away if your child: Has trouble breathing
Vomits or has diarrhea Seems dehydrated
Has a rash or any severe pains Also call if the fever gets better and then
gets worse again. Of if the fever doesn’t go down after 5
days. If you ever have questions or concerns, call
your doctor. We’re open 24/7. And we’re always here
to help.

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