Thursday, April 7, 2011

Letter F is for Fever

Fever is frightening for parents especially when the cause is unknown,  but every fever is not life threatening nor does every child with a fever need to be seen by a physician immediately.

Here are some tidbits about fever to help you decide if the fever your child has is a reason to contact your physician or take your child to urgent care:

1. Fever is an indication that the body is fighting some form of germ either bacterial or viral. It is the body's way of telling you that something is not right.

2. Some physicians may not recommend treating a temperature under 102 F. degrees while others say treat if your child's temperature is 100.4F. It is best to discuss this with your doctor before a fever occurs so you will be prepared to treat in the manner your physician suggests.

3. Children are most contagious during the time of a fever even if the fever is reduced by medication. Most often it is best to keep your child away from other children during the time they are febrile.

4. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are the drugs of choice to use for children to reduce fever. Again, check with your physician to understand whether he or she prefers to alternate the medications or stick with one choice.

5. Febrile seizures can occur usually when a temp is greater than 104 F. If this occurs unbundle your child, protect their airway during the seizure, and seek medical attention. If this is a first seizure and you are alone, calling 911 may be appropriate.

6. Pay attention to how your child looks and behaves while experiencing a fever. If your child has a change in mental alertness and is not urinating the child should be seen by a physician. On the other hand, if your child acts alert, is able to eat, drink, and stay hydrated it may not be necessary to see a physician for colds and simple stomach upsets.

If you are in doubt, check with your physician about how to treat your child's fever. For more information and up to date resources check the Academy of Pediatric website.  The Academy of Pediatrics  Another resource site recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics.


V.R. Leavitt said...

Ugh...Hate, hate, hate fevers. Luckily we don't get them often, but when we do, it's pretty brutal.
Great info here though, thank you for sharing!

terri.forehand said...

Thanks for visiting. Always hopeful that the info here is helpful.

Best wishes.