Six Don’ts In Fever

Fever is a defense mechanism of body, in the course of fighting infection fever is produced. Hence, fever can be actually a positive sign, which indicates that our body is responding to external attacks such as bacterial or viral infection. If you or anyone in your family develop fever, there is nothing to worry or panic, as fever is a physiologic response of the body. However, there are certain things which should not be done if you get fever. Here are the don’ts in fever:

  1. Don’t worry, if you or your child or any of your family members develop fever, because, fever is symptom of natural reaction to infection (by bacteria or virus). Follow the dos in fever. If no improvement of fever occurs despite following the dos of fever (such as cold sponging, taking plenty of liquid, wearing light and comfortable cloths etc.), consult your doctor.
  2. Don’t give medications meant for adults to your child with fever. Your child is not a mini adult, hence do not give reduced dose of adult medication to your child with fever and give only the medication made for use by children.
  3. Don’t use tight and heavy clothing and bundle up yourself with blankets. Use of blanket (unless shivering due to cold in fever) will reduce removal of heat from your body and may cause rise in body temperature further.
  4. Don’t take any medication without advice of your doctor. Giving over-the-counter fever medication aspirin to your child may lead to serious side effects, hence aspirin for a child is a definite NO NO. Use other medications used in fever for your feverish child after consulting your pediatrician.
  5. Don’t wake up your child in the middle of the night (or any time during sleep) just to give fever medication. According to pediatricians, if your child is sleeping comfortably even if he/she is running a fever, medication can be given on waking up in the morning. There is no urgency in giving medication to a sleeping child.
  6. Don’t omit other medications (if you are taking any medication for other ailments such as antihypertensive medications, anti-diabetic medications) if you develop fever. Always consult your doctor before stopping a medication due to fever or any other cause. You may need to switch medication, for example if you are diabetic on oral hypoglycemic drugs, you may have to switch over to insulin during fever (infection).

 

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