Henry County Medical Center

WIN 2017

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3 Don't get fever phobia! It's hard to see your child suffer through a fever, and it can be difficult to determine whether your child requires a doctor's visit or even a trip to the emergency room. Fevers themselves are generally not dangerous or harmful, but what causes high temperatures in kids may be. Fever is the immune system's natural response to fight infections, but can also be caused by heat exhaustion, severe sunburn, and some immunizations. Signs of fever include sweating, shivering, headache, muscle aches and weakness, loss of appetite, and dehydration. Very high fevers can lead to confusion, hallucinations, and convulsions. If your child has these fever symptoms, seek medical attention right away, give him or her fluids to prevent dehydration, and use a thermometer to check his or her temperature. There are many different thermometers, including rectal (for infants), oral, ear, and even forehead thermometers. Though oral thermometers can be used under the child's arm, this method is not considered to be as accurate. Whatever method you choose, be sure to follow the directions for your thermometer to avoid injury and to get an accurate reading. If your child does have a fever, that alone is not cause for alarm. See the guidelines to the right to help you determine whether your child needs medical care for a fever. Temperature Tantrum See a doctor if: n Your baby is younger than three months and has a rectal tempera- ture of 100.4° F or higher n Your baby is older than three months and has a temperature of 102° F or higher n Your child is under age two and has a fever that lasts more than a day n Your child is two years or older and has a fever that lasts more than three days Seek immediate medical help if your baby or child has: n A fever after being left in a hot car n A severe headache or sore throat n Abnormal rash or sensitivity to light n Neck pain and stiffness n Mental confusion n Repeated vomiting n Difficulty breathing n Unusual listlessness or irritability n Any unexplained symptoms If you are ever in doubt about whether or not your child needs to see a health- care professional, call his or her doctor. Turn to pages 12-13 to find a healthcare provider near you.

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