Pediatric Care: How to Treat Your Child’s Fever

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Understanding a little bit about the cause of your child’s fever can help you understand the best treatment options and how to be proactive in monitoring your child’s other symptoms that accompany their fever.

When Does a Fever Become an Urgent Concern?

Typically, if a fever is a symptom of a head cold or teething, it will go away with some Tylenol (acetaminophen). If a fever continues to rise after receiving consistent treatment or skyrockets within a short period of time, it’s time to head to your pediatrician or urgent care. If a fever is accompanied by swelling of any part of the body, then it is a sign of a serious infection and needs to be addressed immediately.

Fever Treatment Options

One of the most common treatment options is acetaminophen, or Tylenol. This can help lower a fever or, at the very least, keep it from rising. Depending on the cause of the fever and other accompanying symptoms, some treatments, may involve flu medication or antibiotics. No matter what type of fever your child has, it is important that they stay hydrated. Water, Pedialyte and sports drinks will help keep them with their achiness and keep dehydration to a minimum.

Taking Your Child’s Temperature

Taking your child’s temperature is a necessary means of monitoring their fever. There are a wide variety of thermometers available, from the classic baby thermometer or an in-ear to a thermometer specifically designed for use on your child’s forehead. Methods of using a thermometer in small infants can include underarm or rectal temperatures. Your pediatrician may recommend a specific method for you. Consistent monitoring will help you treat your child’s fever in a timely fashion.

If your child’s fever presents a cause for concern, set up an appointment today!