Influenza, how to reduce fever in children?

The flu epidemic is and as every year, it tackles first fragile… If there is no miracle cure to escape, drugs to overcome the most bothersome symptoms, especially fever. Course with your child.

Chills, aches, throat made, difficulties in respirer…et a strong fever, your child, as thousands of others could escape the flu. How to relieve it?


Forget mother cures for large

If your child has flu, or treatment for this virus, it will just relieve symptoms and in particular his fever. Considering that a child has a fever over 38 ° C. According to the recent recommendations of management of fever in children over 6 months, it is useful to treat from 38.5 ° C and, only if the child feels visibly ill. Fever is a normal body’s defense mechanism, and it now has more the obsession to decline at all costs if it not gene not the child and is not too high. Careful, before 6 months, the course is different, and to consult.

Before resorting to drugs, a few simple measures will help alleviate the child. Remove the redundant layers of clothing and avoid overheating your apartment. Remember to give regularly drinking more than usual amount. Fever dehydrates the child and maintains its malaise.

As it has long been, no need to immerse your child in an ice bath!

Warm bath (2 ° C below the temperature of the child) once advised is more recommended, unless your child feels particularly good in water. Similarly it will avoid the pockets of ice on the front or the rest of the body causing additional discomfort for the child.

Zoom on drugs

On drugs, several treatments are available. These are:

Paracetamol ;
Ibuprofen and ketoprofen (the latter is issued only on order); They both belong to the class of non-stéroïdiens anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs); Aspirin is also an NSAID, but which, in recent years, is less used in children.

The sometimes divergent positions of physicians on these drugs could divert some parents. So that everyone has clear ideas, the French food safety agency (Afssaps) is a development and published for the first time in January 2005 of the specific recommendations on this subject. All available treatments should be used with caution, with good doses and the times mentioned, and avoiding to involve several treatments. Should therefore read the record and verify the contraindications, especially if you take the drug without a prescription. The two most used treatments in pediatric form are paracetamol and ibuprofen. There is a little more precautions with it but it seems more effective to reduce the fever. In varicella, to be preferred paracetamol and non-stéroïdiens avoid anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin. Do not hesitate to seek advice to the pediatrician or practitioner who knows your child well and who can tell you what is best for him. In all cases, it is therefore recommended to use a single drug at a time. Association or co-op!

Finally if despite treatment, fever persists for more than 3 days, or even if your child is really not well, it is imperative to move quickly.