The highs and lows of fever
Although fever is a normal part of growing up, it is a serious condition especially in infants younger than 3 months.1 It is important to know that fever is not an illness but is the body’s way of fighting off an infection such as cold or a flu.1,2 Your child may also become feverish after immunisations or when teething.1
Fever is when your child’s body temperature is 38ºC or even higher.1 This is considered as abnormal and needs your attention. Other symptoms to look out for:1
Tips for managing your child’s fever
- Dress your child in lightweight clothing and use lightweight bedding1
- Give your child plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration1
- Sponging with lukewarm water is no longer recommended, as it can cause the child too much discomfort1
- Consider using fever medication if your child as a temperature above 38ºC1
- Seek medical advice if your child’s condition worsens1
Suppositories are an effective alternative to oral treatment.3
Benefits of using suppositories:
- Exact dose, every time
- No sugar, colourants or preservatives
- Easy to use
- No loss of efficacy due to vomiting
- Alternative to oral therapy
- Sullivan Je, Farrar HC. Clinical Report – Fever and Antipyretic Use In Children. Am Acad Pediatrics 2011;127(3):580-587.
- Whittaker C. Paediatric fever. Prof Nurs Today 2011;15(5):17-21.
- Havaldar VD, Yadav AV, Dias RJ, Mali KK, Ghorpade VS, Salunkhe NH. Rectal Suppository as an effective alternative for oral administration. Research J Pharm 2015;8(6):1-8.
- Safe Medication. Your Trusted Source of Drug Information. How to Use Rectal Supoositories Properly. [online] 2013 [cited 6 July 2020] Available from http://www.safemedication.com
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