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How to treat Fever at home

It is a natural response of the body against viral or bacterial infections; usually it is not dangerous and helps in keeping the body fit.

BODY TEMPERATURES:

AXILLARY TEMPERATURES:

Normal – 98.0 degree F

Fever – 99.4 degree F

High fever – 104.4 degree F

Thermometer to measure body temperature

Thermometer to measure body temperature

ORAL TEMPERATURES:

Normal – 98.6 degree F

Fever – 100.0 degree F

High fever – 105.0 degree F

CURING WITHOUT MEDICINES:

  • If the child is having fever but he is playful, eating and drinking then he may not need any medicine.
  • Dress up the child with lightweight clothes or even remove the dresses so as to allow loss of heat through the skin.
  • If the child is shivering or feeling cold, a lightweight blanket can be used.
  • Try to keep your child quiet as increase in activity may cause temperature rise.
  • Child must be made to drink lots of water, juices or whatever he/she likes.

CURING WITH MEDICINES:

  • Medicines are required only to reduce fever so as to make the child feel comfortable.
  • Paracetamol i.e., acetaminophen can be given every 4 hours. For dosage check the bottle.
  • Doctor may advise to give nimesulide or ibuprofen. The dosage differs from different doctors.
  • Aspirin should not be used strictly for fever. It can only be used for a serious disorder known as Reye’s syndrome.
  • It is advisable to give medication to your child for fever only if he/she shows the symptoms of fever.
  • Child may be given a sponge bath with lukewarm water and not cold water, only if fever is higher than 104 degree F or when fever doesn’t decrease even 30-60 minutes after medication.
  • Do not use rubbing alcohol for baths or sponging.
  • Alcohol causes alcohol poisoning, as it can cool the body too quickly and can get absorbed through the skin.
Paracetamol tablets

Paracetamol tablets

WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR?

  • If baby is less than 6 months of age and has a temperature of 101 degree F or high.
  • If child’s fever is 104 degree F or higher.
  • If child has other signs of illness like vomiting, loss of appetite or playfulness.

One Response to “How to treat Fever at home”

  1. I will try this medications when I get fever. Anyway well written…

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