Children With Fever, Lethargy, No Appetite And Always Sleepy?
Good afternoon. My child is one year old. Yesterday fever up to 39.2 c. It’s been hot for 3 days. Day 4 is hot again. My son’s condition is lethargic, he eats little, and is constantly sleepy. thank god ation. According to the doctor, what is my illness? Or I have to deal with it. Thanks.
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Fever is a physiological reaction of the body to disease. To be able to determine the diagnosis of the disease that causes the fever, the doctor needs information about the history of the disease through the history and clinical condition of the patient through physical examination. Historical information needed includes fever accompanying symptoms (example: coughing, runny nose, shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain, red spots on the skin, etc.), the incidence of infectious diseases in the environment that is happening a lot or is endemic (example: dengue fever, malaria), etc.
In general, there are a number of common possibilities that can cause acute fever (lasting less than 2 weeks) in children, including:
Systemic infections, for example: viral infections, dengue fever, malaria, leptospirosis, typhoid fever
Focused organ infections, for example: common cold, bronchiolitis, pneumonia (lung infection), gastrointestinal infections, urinary tract infections, central nervous system infections
As a recommendation, you can give over-the-counter heat-reducing drugs, for example: paracetamol, at a dosage according to the rules of use listed on the drug packaging. If the age is still 6 months or less, continue to give exclusive breastfeeding according to the wishes of the child (on demand) or at least every 2 hours. If you are 6 months-2 years old, also provide additional fluid intake, for example water, broth, fruit juice (pay attention not to give too much sugar). Make sure the child gets complementary foods (MPASI) with balanced nutrition regularly. Warm compresses on the folds of the child's body, for example: armpits, to help reduce fever.
If the fever does not improve in 3 days, you are advised to check your child to a doctor or pediatrician so that evaluation and treatment is needed. In addition to the history and physical examination, the doctor may consider supporting tests if there are indications, for example: blood tests.
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