The Drs TV: Children’s Fever Warning Signs
Fever is the leading reason parents take their children to the doctor. Pediatrician Dr. Alanna Levine joined Dr. Jim Sears and Dr. Lisa Masterson to talk about mistakes parents make when kids are sick.
Dr. Alanna Levine cited a new study that found parents feel anxious, fearful, and helpless when their child has a fever. She said the first thing you need to do is be calm. Making a kid more comfortable is key.
Dr. Jim Sears explained that a normal body temperature is 98.6, but if you get an infection or virus, your temperature goes up as your body tries to fight it. Fever is classified as 100.4 or higher, and may even go as high as 104 in the normal course of fighting an infection. Once the infection clears up, your temperature will start returning to normal.
The Doctors: When is a Kid’s Fever Dangerous?
Here are some instances where you need to be concerned about dangerous fever. If the temperature goes over 103, it’s time to call the doctor. If your child is less than three months old, you want to call a pediatrician if the temperature goes over 100.4.
The Doctors: Children’s Medicine Tips
Dr. Alanna Levine said you should choose a dose for your child’s fever reducing medication based on weight, not age. Also be sure to use children’s fever medicine, not adult medication, unless recommended by a physician.
Dr. Lisa Masterson said you don’t need to wake kids up in the middle of the night to give them fever medicine. Just monitor them for unusual symptoms like hotness, difficulty breathing, or twitching. If you notice these or other unusual symptoms, call the doctor.
The Doctors: Children’s Advil Has Ibuprofen
Dr. Alanna Levine said Children’s Advil contains Ibuprofen, which lasts up to eight hours to let children get rest when they aren’t feeling well.
Dr. Levine recommends keeping children’s medicine on hand in advance of illness, but making sure that it is not expired or recalled before giving it to your child.
Dr. Lisa Masterson recommended writing down your dosing for your child, so you don’t accidentally give them too much medicine.
The Doctors: How To Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Hydration is key to lowering your Type 2 Diabetes Risk. Drinking enough water is the key, and carrying a water bottle with you can help you up your water intake.
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