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How to Treat High Fever in Kids

Most parents in parenting town have been in a situation where their child has come down with a temperature spike and it has scared the living daylight out of them. Usually that is the case with new parents. The older one however are by now seasoned and well equipped to deal with such situations where their child is having high fever or vomiting. Here is a simple to do list to help you deal with the most common children’s ailments better.

High fever: Depending on your child’s age the same body temperature reading may require different approaches. For infants 3 months and younger a body temperature of 100.4 F or anything higher requires a visit to the pediatrician no exceptions barred. For a child of age 3 to 6 months wait to check if the fever reaches 101F before visit the good doctor. For kids above the age of 6 months, it’s safe to stall the visit to the doctor till their body temperature is reaching 103F. Exception being a body temp of 102F with any of the additional symptoms like a headache, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, body ache, chills diarrhea and fatigue. In such cases visit the doctor with a 102F temp to rule out H1N1 flu.

Usually a fever wishing they said temperature limits are a good thing since it is a sign that your child’s immune system is working to fight off a possible infection the way it should be. However, it’s important to look at the big picture instead of being stuck up only on the fever or diarrhea and vomiting. If your child has a slight fever but is feeling well enough to play its best to leave the fever be and run its course. If the fever is sudden and combined with other symptoms, visit the doctor.

If the high fever is making your child uncomfortable, you can give them the doctor prescribed dose of medication to bring down the temperature. Understand that the medication will bring down the body temperature and not clear the infection. Always use only doctor prescribed medication as per instructed doses. A runny nose and low grade fever usually mean that the child is down with a cold while vomiting and diarrhea may be caused due to a stomach virus. In these cases, the fever will start, take a peak and then go away.

You can wipe down your child’s body with a damp lukewarm cloth to bring down their body temperature. Do not use cold or chilled water. Light weight layered airy clothes are good idea to keep them comfortable dealing with changing body temperatures. Lots of hydration and light nutritious food are a must when your child is battling a fever.

The important thing to keep in mind is to look at the big picture, keep a close eye on your child’s symptoms and then make the call on wether a visit to the doctor is required or not. The most important thing however is to keep your child comfortable and happy for faster recovery form whatever is causing the fever.

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