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FAVER FACTS

Fever is a friend and not a foe. It is child’s defence against the germs entered in the body

FEVER IS NOT A DISEASE, IT’S A SYMPTOM. TREATING THE DISEASE WILL CURE THE FEVER.

Fever will not cause brain damage unless it is above 105 F

Simple measures to be followed to bring down the fever.

WHEN TO WORRY ABOUT THE FEVER (RED FLAG SIGNS)

If child is less than 3 months

Temp above 105 F

If child has become drowsy, unresponsiveness and ill looking

Child has become pale or ashen grey or blue

Child is grunting or groaning

Any kind of abnormal movements along with fever

ALWAYS CHECK THE TEMPERATURE OF THE CHILD IF SUSPECTING FEVER. NEVER ASSUME BY TUCHING THE FOREHEAD. RECORD THE TEMPERATURE AND MAINTAIN THE RECORD OF IT IN A PAPER.

NORMAL TEMPERATURE

AXILLA 98.6 F; ORAL 99.6 F; RECTAL 100.6 F

(ALWAYS GIVE ACTUAL READING TO THE DOCTOR, DO NOT ADD/SUBSTRACTONE DEGREE TO THE READING)

LOW, MODERATE AND HIGH FEVER (ACC TO AXILLARY TEMP)

99.5-100.5 LOW

100.5-102 MODERATE

102-104 HIGH

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FEVER

(1) DO NOT GET PANIC

(2) CHECK TEMPERATURE (AXILALLRY IS PREFERED)

(3) GIVE PARACETAMOL SYRUP (DOSE NEED TO ACCURATE TO HAVE DESIRED EFFECTS)

(4) SPONGE THE CHILD FROM HEAD TO TOE. ONLY PATTIS ON FOREHEAD NEVER WORKS

(5) LOOK FOR RED FLAG SIGNS AS DESCRIBED EARLIAR.

COMMONLY USED MEDICINES FOR FEVER

PARACETAMOL: METACIN/CROCIN/CALPOL

BRUFEN+PARACTAMOL: IBUGESIC PLUS/COMBIFLAM

MAFENEMIC ACID : MEFTAL-P

ASK YOUR DR FOR THE PROPER DOSE.

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