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Treatment of Fever in Children
A fever is a protective mechanism by the body against some sort of infection. A fever is the body’s way of fighting off an infection by making itself unsuitable. Most children may become prone to
due to a several different reasons. Most of the time, one may not worry about a fever causing any other kind of damage to the child. The only time a parent may have to worry about a fever leading to permanent brain damage or injury is when the child’s body
goes above 107 degrees Fahrenheit (F). However, it is natural for parents to get worried when their child feels sick and gets a fever. Given below are some commonly asked questions about fever in children that have been answered by the Experts.
Would a fever of 101.6 F be considered high in a 6 month old child?
A fever of 101.6 degrees Fahrenheit may not be considered
by most pediatricians. If the child’s temperature is between 102 and 104 degrees, this may be considered to be moderate and if it goes beyond 104 degrees, this may be considered to be high fever. Pediatricians may get concerned and suggest a bacterial infection if the fever is beyond 105 degrees Fahrenheit and has lasted for 48 – 72 hours.
What are the different tests that need to be conducted if a child gets fever almost once every 2 months?
If a child gets fever frequently, then it may be important to conduct a few tests in order to rule out any serious conditions. Some of the basic tests that may be essential are complete blood count, urine analysis, an ultra sound scan of the abdomen and an x-ray of the chest.
Will a Rocephin shot cause fever in a child?
A Rocephin shot may not cause fever in a child in most cases. Rocephin is an antibiotic medicine and does not lead to fever. The fever in the child could be because of the condition for which he/she had to take the Rocephin shot. The child may be given
or Tylenol to bring down the fever.
Can teething cause a fever in a child?
Teething may lead to a slight change in the child’s body temperature because of
, however teething may not lead to fever. Teething can make the child cranky and lead to lack of sleep, loss of appetite and a desire to bite things.
What could be the cause of a 6 day old fever if the child was treated with a zpak after the fever, and now the child developed another fever, upset stomach, cough and loss of appetite after four days?
If the child’s fever has come back with other symptoms and if the cough persists, then the child may be tested for a Strep infection. If this test is negative, then an EBV (esophageal variceal bleeding) test may be conducted. Based on the results of this test, the pediatrician may conduct a chest x-ray of the child to rule out Pneumonia.
What could be the cause of a child having green stool and a temperature of 103 degrees?
The green stool and high temperature in the child could be indicative of a viral infection. The color of the stool is not something to be very concerned about. This just indicates the time taken to travel through the intestinal tract. The faster the stool comes through the intestines, the greener it is. The child may be observed at home only if the child drinks enough fluids and acts normal.
Is it normal for a child to get hallucinations when he/she has fever?
In some cases, it may be normal for children, especially boys, to get hallucinations when they have a fever. They may see or say things that are not normal. However, this is not a matter of concern and may not be a sign of any seizure or brain injury.
Fever can cause a lot of distress and weakness in a child. Though it is not a very dangerous condition unless the temperature rises beyond a certain level, a parent cannot take any chance when his/her child has a fever. Though there is no reason to panic, you should make sure that you monitor your child’s temperature and see to it that he/she is eating properly and acting normal. Since fever can be caused by various reasons, you may have many questions about how to treat it and what to do to bring down your child’s temperature. It may not always be easy to reach your child’s doctor to get your questions answered. At such times, you may ask an Expert and get all your questions about fever in children answered.
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My 12 year-old son was just diagnosed with Fifth Disease and I am looking to see if you concur with this diagnosis. On Feb. 1, he came down with flu-like symptoms. He had a mild fever, slight sore throat, headache, chills and persistent dry cough. On Feb. 5, after four days of continued symptoms minus the cough, then with shortness of breath (he has asthma, but the shortness of breath did not seem to be his typical asthma symptoms: wheezing, cough, and persistent difficulty breathing until relief from Albuterol), AND joint pain - particularly in his elbows, feet, and shoulders. I took him to a clinic. He had a chest x-ray that came back negative for pneumonia. The lab technician also tried to do a CBC but could not draw blood. After sticking him in both arms and the top of one hand, she concluded that his veins were too small, so they couldn't do the blood work. He was prescribed amoxicillin, which he took twice daily for 10 days. He had a little abdominal discomfort with the first two doses of the amoxicillin and then seemed to tolerate it well. The shortness of breath continued - mostly just whenever he would do a lot of walking and the muscle/joint pain continued. The cough had subsided and his temperature became very LOW. His body temperature from oral reading was ranging from 96.0 to about 97.1. (He does tend to have a naturally low body temperature of around 97.7 or so, but the 96.0 worried me.) (We used three different thermometers to ensure accuracy and received consistent readings.) The low body temperature started about 24 hours BEFORE he began the amoxicillin (while we were waiting for the prescription to be filled) and continued while he was on the medication (10 days). Over time, the shortness of breath subsided, the sore throat had gone away quickly, but the muscle/joint pain continued off and on, but seemed less severe. He has now been off of the amoxicillin for about 8 days (as of today) and seemed to be just about fully recovered (he had still looked a bit pale to me as of about two days ago). Yesterday, when I picked him up from school, I immediately noticed that both of his cheeks were red. He said that classmates had said the same thing to him in school. He did not eat or drink anything unusual (in fact, he had leftovers in his lunch from a dinner that I had made - a favorite: spaghetti TWO nights prior) and did not use any new cleaners or shampoos or toothpastes, etc. We have not used any new household cleaners or laundry detergents. He did not recall any insect bites or stings and didn't show any localized areas to indicate a bug bite of any kind. He was not taking ANY medication. He does take Flovent to control his asthma, but had actually skipped a dose yesterday morning and I did not give it to him last night or this morning. He confirmed that he did not eat or drink anything else while at school. Later yesterday evening, the redness seemed to subside a bit, but this morning, when he woke, the redness on both cheeks was much more red and his jawline was swollen. Both cheeks were noticeably puffy. He also said his mouth felt dry and that his eyes felt dry. He said that the rash on his cheeks itched a little and mostly burned and felt very warm to him. His temperature was 97.2. We took him to his primary care physician this morning. She listened to his heart, looked in his mouth and ears and examined the redness and swollen cheeks. She concluded that it was Fifth Disease and told us that the rash may get a little worse before it begins to improve, but that he would be fine and could return to school as he was no longer contagious. She noted that the rash may have had a slight lace-like shape just down towards the neckline a bit. She also noted that there may be signs of a slight rash on the tops of his hands. He has had all of his vaccines (including MMR and the recommended boosters). The rash on his face is not SUPER bright red...but definitely noticeable and it is on both cheeks. Though his previous flu-like symptoms have indeed subsided, he does occasionally complain of joint pains in his elbows, hands and feet or notes a sudden "ice-pick" headache that lasts only for a few seconds...and even occasionally says that he has a shooting pain down his side or in a leg (which have always been attributed to "growing pains"). For the last three to four years, he has also said that he has VERY random and short-lived chest pains. We have taken him to his doctor to inquire about that in the past and it was concluded that it was most likely indigestion (he does like to move around a lot while he's eating or soon after) and noted that his heart sounded fine. Those chest pains are very sporadic and do not seem to follow any sort of exertion - rather coming on randomly, while he is resting or seated or walking slowly. He has not had any chest pains this week. The only thing that makes me question today's diagnosis of Fifth Disease is the facial SWELLING.
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My grandson is 7 years and he has the flu. His doctor wanted Tylenol and Motrin to be used together to overlap and control the fever, but Tylenol is not working on him. How do we keep the fever down in between doses of Motrin. The luke warm water baths are only bringing the fever down to 103. I'm not sure if he should be taken to the hospital.
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