A fever is a temperature greater than 38 C or 100.4 F(rectally). If you measure the temperature under the arm, or in the ear or forehead, just add 0.5 degrees to what you measured. Fever by itself is not harmful to your child, it simply is a sign that the immune system is reacting to something. Most often in kids, a fever is due to an infection.
If your child is playful and well appearing despite having a fever, you do not have to use medicines to bring the temperature down. If however, your child is fussy or uncomfortable, then medicines such as ibuprofen and acetominophen can be helpful to make them feel better. Pleas call us if our baby is less than 4 months and has a fever or if he/she is very ill appearing.
Bringing the Fever Down - avoid over bundling as this will make your child hotter
sponge your child forehead or face with lukewarm water. Do not use cold water as this may make your child shiver, which in itself maky make your child hotter.
if your child's temperature is above 101 f or if your child is uncomfortable you may want to use medicines such as acetominophen or ibuprofen to bring the fever down or to decrease aches and pains. The dose of these medicines depend on your child's weight. Be sure to follow the instructions on the medication packet about proper dosing. Pleas call us if our baby is less than 4 months and has a fever or if he/she is very ill appearing.
Cough is often a sign of a cold or respiratory infection. Cough medicines are not recommended for children under 5 years of age, they are not safe and are not effective. Sometimes a cough can be a sign of allergies or other disorders. Call us if the cough has lasted more than 2 weeks, your child appears very ill, or your child is having troubles breathing.
A soothing home remedy can be used for children older than 12 months: Mix 1/3 cup of honey with the juice of one lime, give 1-2 tsp as needed for sore throat or dry cough. Honey should not be given to infants due to higher risk of botulism.
A runny nose is often a sign of a cold or respiratory infection. Medicines for congestion are not safe for children less than 12 years old. Helpful measures include:
A sore throat is often a sign of a throat infection. Viruses are responsible for most throat infections, especially if your child also has signs of a cold, such as running nose, hoarseness and cough. Nevertheless, sometimes sore throats are caused by a bacteria and antibiotics may be required. Call us if the sore throat has lasted more than 3 days or if your child has a sore throat after being exposed to someone with Strep.
A soothing home remedy can be used for children older than 12 months: Mix 1/3 cup of honey with the juice of one lime, give 1-2 tsp as needed for sore throat or dry cough.
use a humidifier to ensure the air is not overly dry. Dry air can make it harder for a child with a runny nose, by causing the mucus to dry up and block the flow of air in and out of the nose.