It is difficult for you to see your child down with fever. You are anxious and you want nothing but to give the very best care to make your child get better. Ease your mind by finding out what doctors have to say. According to experts, here are some guidelines on how to manage your feverish child:
Do’s1 • The most important thing you can do is to make your child comfortable. • Clothe your child lightly to let the heat through and help lower the body temperature. • Use a blanket if your child is cold, but do not overdo it. • Give your child plenty of fluids to drink such as breast milk, water or diluted fruit juices. This replaces the body fluids lost due to sweating during the fever. • Make sure your child gets adequate rest. • Feed your child as you normally would when he is well. • Look out for signs of dehydration, especially if there is vomiting or diarrhea. • Check for rashes. • Monitor your child at regular intervals, and look out for new or evolving symptoms. Keep your child home while the fever persists but inform the school or nursery. • If your child is irritable, miserable, appears to be in pain, and has a temperature over 37.5°C, use paracetamol to reduce the temperature. Never use two different medicines at the same time. You can also sponge your child with room-temperature water while waiting for the medicine to work.
For your child’s fever, try doctor-recommended Paracetamol (Calpol®).
In giving fever medicine to your child, doctors recommend basing the dosage on the child’s weight. Refer to the table below for the recommended dosage of Paracetamol (Calpol®).
* To convert Lbs to Kg, divide weight in Lbs by 2.2 To be taken orally every 4-6 hours Do not take more than 4 doses in any 24-hour period
Visit your doctor if your child has a convulsion, is a newborn, is difficult to awaken, has difficulty swallowing, feeding or drinking, has signs of dehydration, has a temperature of 39°C or higher (or 38°C for children less than 3 months), or has a fever that lasts for more than 3-5 days. However, even without these signs, consult your doctor if you have concerns about your child’s health.
1 Fever in House! A parent’s guide to dealing with fever. Developed under the guidance of the Asian Paediatric Fever Working Group.