Fever In Children 1 Year Fluctuates For 1 Month?
Morning doc. R n My son is 12 months and 3 weeks old, he often has fever from 11 months of age. But the fever is not sequential, sometimes 2 days 1x or 3 days 1x. Every time you take it, you must have a fever. Up to 39.9 °. R n Never been treated for vomiting and dehydration, fever also for 6 days. The lab results at that time were only lack of platelets, then I was given the antibiotic Cefspan. Hot medicine using paracetamol. R nI checked her mouth, I was afraid of fever due to teething but it wasn’t. R nWhat should I do, doc? Thank you in advance.
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Fever is one of the body's mechanisms to inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses. Research has found that bacteria and viruses cannot reproduce at temperatures above 37 degrees Celsius, so what the body does with a fever is raise its temperature. The more difficult the bacteria or virus is to beat, the higher the temperature.
But of course, the body has its own abilities, so if the heat gets too high as your child did with 39.9 ° C, it is necessary to have outside intervention with fever medicine because babies tend to have seizures if the high fever is too long.
But you also have to know, that the baby's immune system is still not as good as older children or adults. His body still does not 'know' many bacteria and viruses, so it is possible that your child's fever is caused by different bacteria and viruses. And the good thing is that the fever does not last long, which means that your child's body will have no trouble dealing with the bacteria it 'knows' for the first time.
So the advice, as long as your child's fever persists for less than 3 days in a row, it doesn't matter if you don't take it to the pediatrician and it is enough to give him paracetamol according to the dose recommended by your doctor so far. But if it has been more than 3 days in a row, or your child has had seizures, or more than once a week for 2 consecutive weeks, your child looks weak, short of breath or has a very high fever, immediately take it to the doctor for further tests. like a blood test.
Meanwhile, you don't have to worry about dealing with fever in babies, because as we said, the pain itself is in some cases a process of maturing the immune system. It is very rare or even no child who has never been sick at all in their childhood. So what you can do is support its growth by meeting its fluid needs, providing it with nutrient-rich foods and routinely controlling its weight gain. We wish you and your family good health.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa