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Dr K K Aggarwal

Fever in children

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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  • Do not ignore fever in children.
  • Fever with cough and cold means viral sore throat.
  • Fever with chills and rigor may be due to malaria.
  • Fever with severe headache and pain behind the eyes may be dengue.
  • If a child has fever with urinary symptoms, the child needs further investigations.
  • Do not ignore fever with jaundice.
  • Do not give aspirin to children for fever.
  • Immediately lower the temperature if the fever is more than 104°F.
  • If fever is associated with altered behavior, then immediately contact the doctor.
  • Tepid water sponging is better than sponging with cold and ice water.
  • In heat stroke, cold water sponging can lower the temperature if anti-fever medication is not working.
  • Do not ignore if body temperature is low.
  • If body temperature is less than 95°F, immediately warm the child using blankets and other measures.
  • Paracetamol is the safest medicine for children in fever.

Cough and Cold

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• Cough and cold are common in winter and should not be ignored.

• Throat pain without cough is usually bacterial in origin and needs medical attention.

• Sore throat with cough is viral in origin and requires no antibiotics.

• A red-angry looking throat is a dangerous sign and needs urgent medical attention.

• Do not give aspirin for fever in children.

• Warm saline gargles can be effective in sore throat.

• Cough not responding to treatment can be due to acidity.

• Cough can be the only sign of asthma.

• Do not cough in a handkerchief or in the fist or hand.

• Always cough on the side sleeves of the shirt.

• A person who has cough should stay 3-6 feet away from other persons.

• People who are coughing should not be allowed to go in crowded places.

• Cough lasting for more than two weeks should not ignored.

• Saline nasal wash is good for common cold.

• In the absence of secondary bacterial infection, no antibiotics are required in common cold.