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"Families need to remember that when a child has a fever, it's a symptom, not the primary problem. Fever may be beneficial, so parents should really look at what's causing the fever, not the fever itself," suggested Dr. Basil Zitelli, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
The AAP recommends that, in general, parents only treat a fever if it's making their child feel uncomfortable.
By Serena GordonBut, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) attempts to allay those fears by reminding parents that a fever is usually just the body's natural response against illness, and that lowering a fever may actually prolong an illness.
the body's way of slowing the germs down to help get rid of them. Fever is one of the triggers that your body uses to produce more white cells. If you bring a fever down, your child may not produce as many white cells to fight the infection," she explained.
On the other hand, if your child seems lethargic and generally uncomfortable, fever reducing medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may make your child feel a little better. Give these medications as directed by the package or your pediatrician, based on your child's age and weight.
"Sometimes, parents think that if they treat a fever that their child will get better faster, but fever is a sign of illness, and it's Nike Metcon 2 Blue
The AAP report also reminds parents not to give aspirin to children, as its use has been associated with the development of a potentially life threatening condition called Reye syndrome. The AAP also recommends against alcohol baths for cooling too much alcohol can be absorbed through the skin.
Fevers May Not Always Need Treatment
said that it's important that parents don't give their children adult formulations of anti fever drugs, even if they attempt to break tablets up to provide the correct dose. "It's important to use the appropriate medication for the child's age, and to use the appropriate measuring device," said Sullivan.
"If your child is eating and drinking well, and still engaged in some activities though they may not be as active as normal and doesn't seem particularly uncomfortable, why take away a natural defense mechanism?" said Zitelli.
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Some health care practitioners have begun recommended that parents alternate the use of these medications, but the AAP said there currently isn't sufficient evidence to either recommend or discourage the use of this practice. But, it did express concern that parents might not Nike Zoom Kobe 1 For Sale receive or fully understand the more complicated dosing regimen required when alternating medications.
The AAP report, which is published in the March issue of Pediatrics, suggests that instead of focusing on the number on the thermometer, parents should let their child's behavior be a guide for whether or not to give fever reducing medications.
"Fever is one of the most common reasons that parents contact pediatricians and health care providers. Janice Sullivan, a professor of pediatric clinical care and clinical pharmacology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Kosair Children's Hospital, in Kentucky.
Sullivan said that during well child visits, parents should have discussion with their pediatricians about what to do when a child becomes ill. And, they should be given advice about when they should call their child's doctor.
can occur. And, Sullivan said that previous research has shown that about half of parents don't give their children the correct dose of medication.
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