Fever – especially the tall one – of children is often experienced with anxieties and fears from parents. In this article, the pediatrician Dr. Ferrando gives us some practical indications to treat and deal with the fever of our children.
- The fever is a reaction of the body which helps to react and defend itself. Therefore should not be lowered. Antipyretic is given only when a fever does “feel bad” (agitation, drowsiness, irritability, diffuse pain, headache, vomiting, etc.).
- It is often said the antipyretic is given after 38 of fever but, in reality, there is no value above which give the antipyretic.The reason is simple: the value of fever is not directly proportional to the gravity of the situation. Antipyretic is administered when baby “is sick” for fever.
- We recommend an electronic thermometer or “gallium” that replaced the mercury out of production for environmental protection by 2009, used to armpit and not rectally.
- Antipyretics to use in children?Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Go data in suitable doses.Sometimes it doesn’t work, especially acetaminophen, because under-dosed (it gives too little). Never use other drugs, if not on precise and reasoned doctor’s orders. Cortisone is not used as an antipyretic.
- Elective administration of medication: for mouth.Rectal absorption is variable and you cannot make a proper dosage for your child’s weight.
- Interval between administrations: 4-6 hours for 6-8 hours for acetaminophen, ibuprofen
- DISCOURAGED PHYSICAL MEASURES TO LOWER FEVER: ALCOHOL (HIGHLY DANGEROUS) AND ICE AND COLD PATCHES.The latter are indication in heat stroke and not in the fever.
- Provide thechild with fever to drink and do not force him to eat
- The child with fever may go out (from one House to another or to go to the doctor)
- Thefebrile seizures that are from 2 to 5% in children aged under 5 years with 4-fever are not prevented by administration of antipyretics
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