What is fever?
The average normal body temperature is 37°C. The
increase of body temperature more than this
average is fever.
Fever is not an illness it is an important
part of the body's defense against
infection. Fever is an indication that a
battle might be going on in the body, In
addition, a fever activates the body's
immune system to make more white blood
cells, antibodies, and other
What are the parents fears from fever?
The main fear of parents is from Brain damage & Seizures:
► First brain damage will not occur unless the fever is over (42°C).
seizures About 3-5% of otherwise healthy
children between the ages of 9 months and 5
years will have a seizure caused by a fever.
The quickness of the rise in temperature,
not the actual height of the fever, which
appears to trigger the seizures. The seizure
is often the first sign of a fever. simple
febrile seizures are harmless. There is no
evidence that simple febrile seizures cause
death, brain damage, epilepsy, mental
retardation, a decrease in IQ, or learning
What's the best way to take my child's temperature?
|The best ways
||The worse ways
forehead or using Fever strips on
the child's forehead both are not
For children under 2, you can check by
doing an axillary temperature and do a
rectal temperature if there is a fever, in
order to get an accurate measurement.
How we will try to lower child's fever?
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are medicines that relieve pain and lower fever.
N.B Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen and a Lukewarm bath may help lower a
Give the medicine before the bath. If the bath is given alone, your
child may start shivering as his or her body tries to raise its
temperature again. This may make your child feel worse.
||Acetaminophen dose (every 4 hours)
|0 to 3 months
||Less than 13 pounds
||Ask your family doctor
|4 to 7 months
||13 to 17 pounds
|8 to 18 months
||18 to 23 pounds
|1.5 to 3 years
||24 to 32 pounds
|4 to 5 years
||33 to 45 pounds
|6 to 7 years
||46 to 61 pounds
|8 to 9 years
||62 to 78 pounds
|10 to 11 years
||79 to 98 pounds
|12 to 13 years
||99 to 131 pounds
|14 years or older
||132 or more pounds
||650 - 1,000 mg
||* Give your child plenty to drink to prevent dehydration
|* Prevent your child from moving around, Moving around can raise the temperature more.
|*Keep room temperature between 21°C & 23 °C
|* Don't over bundle your child. Dress your child in light cotton pajamas so that body heat can escape.
|*We can use extra blanket when child chill.