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Fever in children is a warning sign that all is not right with their body. But a fever does not necessarily indicate that the situation is particularly serious or alarming. What should parents do if their child has a fever? When is it best to see a doctor?
Body temperature generally varies from 36.5°C to 38°C, depending on time of day. A child is considered to have a fever when he or she has a body temperature above:
Fever is one of the body’s defence mechanisms against viruses and bacteria. A rise in body temperature triggers immune and inflammatory responses to fight the attacking organism.
When children have a fever, here are a few things you can do:
If the fever persists, and if your child is older than 4 months, you can give him or her acetaminophen every 4 to 6 hours. The appropriate dose should be calculated based on weight, not age. Your family pharmacist can help you determine that dose.
Acetaminophen is available in different forms, such as concentrated drops, liquids and dissolving tablets, with varying modes of administration based on a child’ age. Some even come with a user-friendly dosage calculator to make it easier for parents to measure the exact dose, every time, without the mess!
You need to see a doctor in the following cases:
Do you have more questions? Talk to your family pharmacist for expert advice and reliable information.
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