Treating children’s fever with medicine

The Woman’s Doctor: When to treat children’s fever with medicine



AND FEVERS, WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS ONE, YOU MAY PANIC AND RUN FOR MEDICINE, BUT IS IT REALLY NECESSARY? ACCORDING TO A NATIONAL POLL FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 1 IN 3 PARENTS WILL GIVE FEVER, REDUCING MEDICATION FOR SPIKED TEMPERATURES BELOW 100.4, WHICH ISN’T RECOMMENDED. DR. EMILY WISNIEWSKI, A PEDIATRICIAN IN MERCY AT MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE YOUR BODY GETS A FEVER IN ORDER TO FIGHT OFF A VIRUS OR BACTERIA. SO WELCOME TO THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING, DOC. WE KNOW FEVERS ARE AN INDICATION THAT SOMETHING’S WRONG, BUT WHEN SHOULD IT BECOME WORRISOME? WHEN SHOULD WE REACH FOR THAT MEDICATION? YEAH. SO IN GENERAL, A FEVER IS ANYTHING WITH A TEMPERATURE ABOVE 104 LIKE YOU HAD MENTIONED. IF YOU HAVE A CHILD WHO HAS A TEMPERATURE HIGHER THAN THAT, IT’S COMPLETELY OKAY TO REACH FOR THAT MEDICATION. BUT HONESTLY, IF YOU HAVE A KID WHO’S JUST NOT FEELING WELL, IS GRUMPY, IT’S ALSO OKAY THAT GIVE THEM SOME MEDICATION AS WELL. AND THEN WHAT ABOUT IF IT’S MAYBE A LOW GRADE FEVER, BUT IT’S A SUSTAINED FEVER? YEAH. SO WE WORRIED ABOUT FEVERS THAT LASTS MORE THAN 4 OR 5 DAYS. SO IF YOU ARE SEEING THAT LENGTH OF FEVER, THAT KID NEEDS TO BE CHECKED OUT. I WAS GOING TO SAY, BECAUSE MANY TIMES IF A KID HAS A FEVER, PARENTS WILL GIVE THEM MEDICINE AND SAY, HEY, LOOK, I DON’T THINK WE NEED TO GO TO THE URGENT CARE OR THE E.R. OR CALL THE DOCTOR YET. BUT WHEN DOES IT GET TO THAT POINT THAT YOU SHOULD WORRY? YEAH. SO LIKE I SAID, THE LENGTH OF FEVER IS IMPORTANT. SO ON DAYS 4 OR 5, IF YOU’RE HAVING TEMPERATURES ABOVE 100.4, THEY DEFINITELY NEED TO BE CHECKED OUT. OR IF YOU HAVE A REALLY HIGH TEMPERATURE, 104, 105, THAT COULD OR SHOULD BE SEEN JUST TO LOOK FOR ANY SORT OF BACTERIAL INFECTION. AND I KNOW YOU’RE SAYING THAT MAGIC NUMBER IS 100.4, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT FEVERS CAN BE DEHYDRATING. SO IF IT’S BELOW THAT THRESHOLD, IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD MAYBE JUST TREAT WITH FLUIDS. 100% IN GENERAL WHEN YOUR KIDS ARE SICK, THEIR BODY IS GOING TO BE WORKING HARDER. THEY’RE GOING TO BE LOSING MORE FLUID IN THEIR BODY. ARE BIGGEST THING DURING THE ILLNESS IS PUSH THOSE FLUIDS THAT CAN BE ANYTHING FROM WATER OR GATORADE OR PEDIALYTE FOR OUR YOUNGER KIDS. ALL RIGHT. WELL, DOC, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. OF COURSE. AND IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER

The Woman’s Doctor: When to treat children’s fever with medicine

In this Woman’s Doctor segment, the focus on children and fevers. When a child has one, some may panic and run for medicine, but is it really necessary? According to a national poll from the University of Michigan, one in three parents will give fever-reducing medication for spiked temperatures below 100.4 degrees, which isn’t recommended. Dr. Emily Wisniewski, a pediatrician at Mercy Medical Center says it’s important to note your body gets a fever in order to fight off a virus or bacteria.

In this Woman’s Doctor segment, the focus on children and fevers. When a child has one, some may panic and run for medicine, but is it really necessary? According to a national poll from the University of Michigan, one in three parents will give fever-reducing medication for spiked temperatures below 100.4 degrees, which isn’t recommended. Dr. Emily Wisniewski, a pediatrician at Mercy Medical Center says it’s important to note your body gets a fever in order to fight off a virus or bacteria.

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