Thursday, December 13, 2007

Health Tip: When Your Child Has a Fever

(HealthDay News) - When your child has a fever, it means her body is fighting an infection.

Nonetheless, there are things you can do to help her feel better.

Here are some suggestions, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:
  • Never give your child aspirin. In rare cases, it can trigger a life-threatening illness.
  • Instead, give her acetaminophen to relieve pain and reduce fever.
  • Make sure she drinks plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and cool.
  • Let your child rest and stay quiet while she is not feeling well.
  • Keep the room temperature at between 70 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dress her in comfortable, lightweight, loose-fitting cotton pajamas.
  • Cover your child with a blanket when she is cold, but remove it when she warms up.

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