Fever Does Not Go Down In Children 17 Months
Ass doctor, my child at the age of 17 months has a cold cough with phlegm for more than 3 days, accompanied by a fever that has not gone down and his mouth is hot. In the past, the flu never had this fever. Are there other symptoms? And what should I do
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Fever is a condition where body temperature rises more than 380C. Body temperature itself is a measure of the body's ability to produce and get rid of heat. By understanding this body temperature, then you can know the symptoms of diseases that may arise in yourself. Normal body temperature is between 36.50C - 37.20C and can change throughout the day, depending on the activities being carried out and the ambient temperature of the environment.
High and continuous body temperature can cause dehydration which can damage the organs of the body permanently, such as the brain. Therefore, before dehydration occurs, body temperature that is too high must be lowered. A safe antipyretic for children is paracetamol. Use according to body weight or as directed by your doctor. Beware if the fever has reached more than 400C, then it must be immediately taken to the ER to be treated, because if it happens means the body fails to regulate the temperature. This condition is also called hyperthermia. Always check your body temperature using a thermometer.
Often a fever is accompanied by other symptoms. When accompanied by other symptoms, there will be many possible diseases that cause it. For example, a fever accompanied by flu, cough and runny nose, then the possibility of fever felt by your child can be caused by ARI caused by a virus or bacteria, or the common cold (common cold). The important thing if a child has a fever is don't panic. Basically, when a child has a fever, it takes as comfortable a condition as possible to prevent the child from shivering or overheating. Although fever does not always indicate a serious illness, you must be vigilant. The following are some things that need to be done in a fever condition, namely:
Perform periodic body temperature measurements Give adequate fluid intake by drinking enough water 700-1000 ml every day If the temperature is above 37.5 degrees Celsius, give a fever-lowering medication such as paracetamol according to the dose based on the child's weight Compress with warm water on the head immediately see a doctor to ascertain the conditions that cause this if the fever does not decrease for 3 days. Regarding this corona pandemic, you need to be vigilant if there are large risk factors for corona infection, namely a history of contact with a COVID-19 positive person and / or traveling to an infected area. Because fever is one of the symptoms of COVID-19. So if your child has a fever and has a history of traveling or contact with people from out of town and contact with previous COVID-19 patients, it is necessary to ascertain whether there is a corona virus infection or not. Do independent isolation at home for 14 days if there are these risk factors. If the fever does not appear to improve and appear tight, then immediately see a doctor to be examined carefully and given optimal management.
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