What To Do When Your Child Has A Fever

Do you know what to do when your child has a fever? There are many things that can be done to help the child to feel more comfortable durring this ordeal.

There are many reasons why children get fevers. A fever of 100 degrees or higher is a sign that your child may be getting sick. Whether it be an illness such as an ear infection, chicken pox, or strep throat a fever can make a child feel very uncomfortable, however, there are several things that one can do to make this exprience easier to deal with.

Once your child has come down with a fever, symptoms you may notice will include, a hot forhead, flushed face, irritablity, little or no appetite and a temperature reading of 100 degrees or higher. In rarer cases, a seizure can occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. These siezures are not harmful and don't usually last for more than a minute.

Things that you can do at home to make your child more comfortable would include, removing excess clothing from the child, making sure he or she gets plenty of cool fluids to prevent dehydration, and giving acetaminophen to help lower the fever. Never give asprin to a child uner age 12, this can cause Reye's syndrome. Another thing you can do is to give the child a lukewarm bath. The evaporating water will help to cool his or her skin, thus the temperature comes down.



Finally, you should call your Doctor for advice if your child is having a fever for more than three days, is vomiting, has diarrhea, trouble breathing, delirious, or cries consistently. These are signs that the child may have an infection that requires antibiotics.

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