- How Can Fever Be Good?
- Facts About Fever
- Guidelines for Caring for a Fevering Baby/Child
- Danger Signs/When to Call Your Doctor
- Cautions about Over-the-Counter Fever-Reducing Medications
- Holistic Home-Treatment Methods for Fever
- A fever is a temperature above 100.5 degrees F. Anything below that is just a normal variation in temperature.
- Any baby under three months of age should be seen by a doctor. Infants do not have the ability to fight off infections on their own, and even simple infection can quickly develop into a serious, invasive illness. The cause of an infection may not be visible through symptoms, and doctors may want to do lab tests to screen for invasive illness in a fevering newborn.
- Children fever higher than adults. They are naturally hot and reactive, responding quickly and vigorously to pathogens. Some children are more prone to fever than others--and that's natural and ok.
- Most pediatric fevers are not dangerous. Brain damage does not occur until body temperature rises to 108 degrees F. The body has good mechanisms for keeping the temperature under 106 degrees F. So, even when your child's temperature is rising, you can be assured that your child's body has mechanisms to stop it before it gets dangerous.
- A child can fever safely to 105 degrees F without need to call your doctor or health care provider. At 105 degrees, it is recommended to check in with your health care provider. This does not necessarily mean that you will take measures to reduce the fever, but it is important at this point to seek medical consultation.
- Fevers can sometimes lead to seizures--and that's ok. Febrile seizures are actually fairly common. Although they are frightening to parents, they are usually harmless to parents. If your baby begins twitching or jerking with a fever, stay calm, turn your baby on his/her side, and do not retrain him/her. If the seizure lasts more than five minutes, or if the baby becomes unconscious, call 911. There is no reason to seek emergency care, however, if your baby has a short seizure with a fever and remains conscious. After the seizure is over, call your doctor to see if an exam is needed to discover any other causes, such as meningitis. Giving fever-reducing drugs does not prevent febrile seizures.
- Your baby/child's fever persists for more than one day and there is no apparent cause. Persistent fever can be an indication of an infection that warrants professional evaluation and treatment.
- Your child's fever is accompanied by vomiting, listlessness, extreme lethary (i.e. they are difficult to wake up). Meningitis is often accompanied by these signs and symptoms.
- Your child's fever persists for more than two days.
- Your child gets a fever after having a cold or cough for several days. This may be a sign that his/her immune system is not managing the infection well on its own. A deeper infection could take hold in these circumstances.
- Your baby seems very sleep, unresponsive to stimulation, unable to generate lusty crying.
- Your baby is under three months of age and develops a fever.
This technique is appropriate when the child is fevering and agitated. It will help release heat and pathogens from the body and calm the fever.
Apply an evaporative medium like rubbing alcohol or water (or even a dab of cooled-off peppermint or ginger tea) when you do this technique to help the body vent heat. DO NOT USE MASSAGE OIL in the case of fever or illness because oil traps heat and pathogens in the body.
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