Handling Of Fever Accompanied By Shortness Of Breath In Children?
Hello … my child is currently having a fever, his body is hot and his breath is a bit short of breath, and he could vomit. 3 hours ago I have given the medicine to reduce the fever, after taking the medicine to reduce the fever … the body temperature gradually returned to normal, but now it starts to heat Lg his body temperature. What should I do and what is the right handling? . (FYI: My child is 2 years old) Thank you
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The category of fever in children is if the child's body temperature rises and exceeds the normal limit, ie if more than 37.2 degrees Celsius if measured from the armpits, or if more than 37.8 degrees Celsius if measured by mouth and above 38 degrees if measured from rectum.
A fever-lowering drug that is usually given when a child has a fever is acetaminophen or paracetamol, which works by reducing the production of inflammatory substances (prostaglandins) that have an effect on height or rising body temperature. With decreased levels of prostaglanding, signs of inflammation such as fever and pain will be reduced. Each drug has its own therapeutic time, which means that the drug taken will function in the body so that complaints can be reduced, but the length and duration of therapy each drug differs from one drug to another. In paracetamol, the effective therapy time is between 4 to 6 hours, so if it is more than that time, symptoms will appear again or if the source of the underlying disease is not treated, the symptoms will appear and disappear according to the time of therapy of the drug.
So if your child starts to have a fever after 4 hours or even 6 hours of therapy, then it is highly recommended to give him another paracetamol so that the fever is not too high. In addition, you can also provide independent handling in the form of:
Warm compresses on the folds of the body and forehead so that the heat in the body can come out freely through the pores of the skin that are open because of the fever compress given. Keep giving your child enough fluid intake to avoid complications in the form of dehydration due to excessive loss of body fluids. Avoid using clothes that are too thick so that the heat in the body can come out effectively. Make sure the room temperature remains cool and comfortable for your child, make sure the room temperature is not too cold or too hot. , so we recommend to immediately bring your child to the doctor or pediatrician so that a careful examination and proper treatment are given. Before the danger signs of fever in children appear, such as:
spasms, shortness of breath, pale skin or bluish appearance, the child looks very weak, fainting or tread, often sleepy, signs of dehydration, such as dry lips, vomiting, crying without tears, do not want to drink or eat, and not urinating.