4 + 4 =Fever
A fever is a body temperature that is over 100.4 F (38C).
1. Chills, shakes, shivering. The body is trying to cool down
2. Muscle and joint aches, headache, and weakness. Immunity in the body is trying to respond.
3. Sweating. The body is trying to cool down.
4. Flushing. The temperature is raising in the body.
Treating a fever.
1. Apply cool cloths to the forehead. Helps with relief and comfort.
2. Give water or electrolyte (vitamins/minerals) supplements. Keeps the body from dehydrating and will help bring the fever down.
3. Anti-pyretics: Acetaminophen (Tylenol and other name brands) or Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil, etc). Follow the instructions on the box of medication. Will help bring the fever down.
4. DO NOT GIVE CHILDREN ASPIRN FOR FEVERS. This will cause Reye’s syndrome in children. Symptoms are confusion, vomiting, coma, liver failure, and death.
Lisa, when should I worry and what should I do when it gets worse?
Fevers do take some time to resolve. Usually last one or two days. They can go down and come back up. Be patient. IF a temperature is over 104F (40C), call or go for professional medical help. Temperatures this high for a long time will hurt the body and need more aggressive care. When in doubt, go seek professional help. Always error on the side of safety, especially with children.
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