Sick child - what to do?

First, give the feverish child plenty to drink: tea, juices and water, preferably cool (not ice cold!). The younger the child, the greater the thirst. Especially babies have, based on their body surface, a high fluid requirement. In the flat is usually sufficient for a feverish child a thin pajamas or T-shirt and a pair of shorts. There should be a light blanket in the bed. If your legs are warm, you can do calf wrap.

When do you take antipyretic drugs?

If the fever continues, you can also give child-friendly antipyretic drugs at temperatures above 39.0 ° C. Depending on your age and body weight, there are suppositories or fever juices. Check if the child is deprived by your antipyretic measures. After about six hours, the medication may be repeated if necessary.

When should the child be introduced to the pediatrician?

If you have cold symptoms, such as mild coughing (without breathlessness) and runny nose, mushy stools or fever, but the child is still happy and has an appetite, you can usually wait until the next day. Often the symptoms are then over or weaker.

Immediately to the doctor, it is said that an infant has more than a slight fever: Under six months from 38.0 ° C (measured in the butt), in the older infant from 38.5 ° C. This also applies if your behavior is "not fiddly", your baby has symptoms that you can not explain, such as a rash or sore eyes, or if the child sleeps or apathizes more than one meal. With prolonged watery diarrhea, repeated vomiting and high fever with shortness of breath (or wheezing), you should drive to the nearest children's hospital as soon as possible.

Basically, in all cases of doubt, even if you feel insecure, you should "play it safe" and consult a doctor.

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