Fever (over 100.5)
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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Diarrhea is the sudden increase in the number of loose stools (2 or more watery or loose stools). Most diarrhea is caused by a viral infection and will subside in 7-10 days.
Symptoms to report to your doctor:
- Offer clear fluids including Pedialyte, water, Gatorade, clear pop (Sprite, 7up, Ginger Ale). Caution: DO NOT use fruit juice as they make diarrhea worse.
- Starchy foods are the best. Ex: cereal, oatmeal, bread, crackers, pasta, mashed potatoes, rice.
- Pretzels or crackers can help meet salty needs.
- Probiotics are healthy bacteria. Yogurt is the easiest source of probiotics. 2-6 ounces twice per day.
- Bloody diarrhea
- Signs of dehydration (decreased wet diapers/urination, lack of tears when crying, dry mouth)
- Diarrhea lasts over 2 weeks
- Your child becomes worse