What Your Pediatrician Wants You To Know #2

Penelope & Bella - What Your Paediatrician Wants You To

Our bodies’ normal temperature is around 37 degrees Celsius. An elevated fever or high temperature, is anything above that, and is not an illness itself, but rather a symptom of some other underlying condition, most often an infection.

A fever can easily be treated at home, on the advice of your doctor or Pediatrician, by the administration of medication (eg. Paracetamol) or sponging off your child with tepid water. However, there are certain instances in which you should call your Pediatrician right away:

Call your Pediatrician immediately if your child has fever AND:

1. looks very ill, is unusually drowsy or is very fussy

2. has been in an extremely hot place such as an overheated car

3. has additional symptoms such as: a stiff neck; severe headache; severe sore throat; severe ear pain; an unexplained rash; or repeated vomiting or diarrhea

4. has a condition that suppresses immune responses, such as sickle-cell disease or cancer or is taking cortisone

5. has had a seizure / fit

6. is younger than 3 months of age

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