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HOW TO MANAGE FEVER IN CHILDREN

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General Health

HOW TO MANAGE FEVER IN CHILDREN

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Fever could be a sign of serious infection in infants and toddlers.1

 

How to manage your child’s fever?

·        Try to provide paracetamol or ibuprofen first.2

·        Check-on your child 2-3 times in the night.2

·        Don’t wrap-up your child, on the contrary try to minimize the items he’s wearing as much as possible to avoid overheating. 2

·        Provide your child with lots of fluids.2

·        If breast-feeding then keep breast-feeding, as breast milk is the best fluid. 2

·        Do not cold-sponge a child who has a fever. Although used to be commonly used, this has proven to worsen the case. 2

Signs that requires your prompt action:

·        If your child has a fever that lasted for more than 3 days. 1

·        If your child lost focus or his concentration is affected.1

·        If your child shows signs of being short-tempered, vomits frequently, has a severe headache or stomachache accompanied by any other symptoms. 1

·        If your child’s fever originated after staying in a hot car. This requires immediate action.1

References:

1.       Fever. Available at  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fever/basics/definition/con-20019229?p=1. Last accessed  2/6/2015

2.       Fever/High Temperature in Children. Available at https://www.patient.co.uk/pdf/4343.pdf. Last accessed at 24/5/2015