Fever: the good actions

The thermometer rises, do not yield to panic! Fever is a natural reaction of the body to fight infections. Must know how regain… Eight questions and answers for sweeping received ideas.

Fever is a dangerous symptom.

False This is a serious and even useful phenomenon that allows the body to defend! It is rare that the fever is the only sign of a disease serious or even causes complications. However if it persists several days or gene really the child, it is important to inform your doctor. Attention in very young children (under 6 months) should be consulted immediately.

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Bathing her child in warm water (2 ° C below that of the child) is significantly lower the temperature.

False, give a warm bath to a feverish child can increase her discomfort instead of actually lowering its temperature. Similarly the pockets of ice are really recommended. Attention however, if your child particularly appreciates the bath, does not deprive himself of give.

Need to alternate medications to lower high fever

False, it is important to provide that a single type of drug, doses and intervals between. If this is not enough to lower its temperature, see your doctor.

Need to maintain a temperature of 18-20 ° C in the House of the child

True, the temperature is very important for the comfort of the child who has a fever. A temperature of 18-20 ° C is ideal for fever, neither too hot nor too cold. Attention also was not too cover your child!

Must be given a drug as early as 38 ° C

False, generally, it is not necessary to consider medication below 38.5 ° C. If it is well supported by the child, fever requires no routine treatment.

To take the temperature with precision, better use the rectal.

True, but this is not always easy in the child. Also, we can measure the temperature under the armpit or the language or in the duct of the ear, with specific thermometers.

Can be used any drug

False, only the paracetamol, ibuprofen, ketoprofen andaspirin can be used. The ability to reduce the antipyretic these four fever is virtually identical. In the child of less than 3 months only paracetamol and aspirin can be used. In any event, always carefully read the records of your medications.

The antipyretic serious side effects are rare

True, serious side effects reported for ibuprofen, paracetamol and aspirin are very rare, only a few tens of cases have been reported in 2003 to more than 20 million of prescribed treatment. The safety of these products is therefore very important.