What to Do If Your Child Has a Fever

A fever, medically known as pyrexia, can occur in a child for a number of reasons. Often a high temperature is due to your child’s body trying to fight off an infection, but there are many other causes. Especially in children, it can be difficult to determine the underlying cause of a high temperature, as they may not be able to tell us what is wrong with them, or often children will run around and continue playing despite this. If your child has a fever, here is what you can do.

 

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Offer Plenty of Fluids

If your child has a fever, it is more than likely due to an illness. This means that they are more likely to suffer from dehydration, so offer them plenty of fluids such as water or milk. If they will only drink juice when they are poorly it is okay to allow them to have more sugar, especially if they are refusing foods. Usually, we are told to stay away from sugary drinks, but illness in children is one exception to this rule.

Keep Them Inside

If your child has a fever, they may well be suffering from an illness which is contagious. With this in mind, keeping them away from other children and keeping them off kindergarten or school is best to prevent the spread of infection.

Give Them Medication

If your child is displaying other symptoms and is unsettled, give them some Tylenol or Advil to keep these symptoms at bay until they are better. Always check the label before giving any medication to ensure that you are providing your child with a suitable dose for their age. If your child suffers from asthma, do not give them Advil. If your child seems happy in themselves and wants to … Read More..

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