If a child experiences a prolonged fever, the symptoms that appear usually include the following:
- temperatures above 38ºC in children, or above 37.5ºC in infants
- sweating profusely
- body feels hot and cold
- body or joint pain
- sore throat
- red rash on the skin
- clogged nose
Should You Worry If Your Child’s Fever Doesn’t Go Down?
Not all fevers are dangerous.
If your child has the following behaviors or symptoms, you should not worry too much:
- Body temperature is less than 38°C.
- The little one stays cheerful and plays actively.
- The child’s appetite is good.
- Your child drinks lots of water.
- Your baby’s skin color remains normal.
- The child’s condition improves when the fever goes down.
Even though the child’s fever does not go down but they show the characteristics above, it is likely that there is no serious problem. Give your child plenty of water and nutritious food to speed up their recovery. And if necessary, give them medication according to their symptoms.
When To See a Doctor
If the fever does not go down in babies aged less than 2 months , you should immediately consult a doctor.
Do not give drugs to your baby unless your doctor advises you to do so. Your little one’s body at that age is still very vulnerable.
In children who are older, you can give fever-reducing drugs according to the recommended dose while continuing to monitor their condition.
If your child has a fever, look for the following symptoms:
- a high fever with a body temperature of 39°C or more
- temperature when measured through the anus (to get the core body temperature) reaches 38°C
- crying non-stop
- very fussy
- severe headache
- hard to wake up
- stiff neck
- convulsive body
- in infants, a forehead that appears to protrude or recede inwards
- blue spots on the surface of the skin
- lips and nails look bluish
- difficulty breathing even after clearing the nose
- difficulty swallowing and drooling
- bulging fontanelles in infants
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