Although not every fever needs to be treated, there are some things you can do to help make your child more comfortable.
- Giving a child acetaminophen or ibuprofen will usually reduce a fever. It is important to make sure you give the right dose to your child.
- If your child is under two years of age, contact your pediatrician or pharmacist for the correct dose. For older children, follow the recommended dose on the label.
- Do not overdress your child. Other practices to reduce fevers such as an alcohol bath, ice packs, etc. are no longer recommended and can actually have adverse effects on your child.
- A fever will also cause a child to lose fluids more quickly, so offer plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Signs of dehydration include crying without tears, a dry mouth, and fewer wet diapers.
- Keep your digital thermometer ready and accessible so you don't have to search for it once your child is ill.
- Have children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen on hand.
In most cases, vomiting will stop without specific medical treatment. The majority of cases are caused by a virus and will get better on their own. You should never use over-the-counter or prescription remedies unless they've been specifically prescribed by your pediatrician for your child and for this particular illness.
When your infant or young child is vomiting, keep him/her lying on him/her stomach or side as much as possible. Doing this will minimize the chances of him/her inhaling vomit into his/her upper airway and lungs.
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