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How To Treat A Fever In Adults | How To Get Rid Of A Fever In Children | Bring Down A Fever In Baby

Let's talk.....fevers! That's good for the intro

so, fevers actually help our bodies beat infections and they do this

by stimulating our immune system and also making it more difficult for the bacteria and viruses

to survive in the heat

normal body temperature is 37C but it does vary a little

and a fever is generally anything above 38C and that's it

a high temperature can be quite worrying but most children and adults recover

within a few days with no problems but before we move to treatments

here are some red flags that you need to be aware

you must seek urgent medical advice if your baby is

under 3 months with a temperature of 38C or higher

or your baby is 3-6 months and has a temperature of 39C or higher

please make sure to read the description below or click on the link

and it has all the other red flags to be aware of, now let's move on to tips and medications

tip 1 tepid sponging is no longer recommended and this was the only sponge that I could find

so it'll have to make do

this is because blood vessels constrict when the water touches the skin

so what happens is less heat is able to escape so it's kept in deeper parts of the body

tip 2 fluids, try and drink about 2 litres a day which is about 8 to 10 glasses to prevent dehydration

get plenty of rest make sure you're not covered up too much so basically

don't wear what I'm wearing right now and make sure the room temperature isn't too high

tip 4 try to eat nutritious foods your body's using a lot of calories to beat the infection

so give it the energy it needs, now let's move on to medication

okay so for children consider giving them children's paracetamol or children's ibuprofen

only if they're distressed and these shouldn't been given together

unless you're advised by a healthcare professional

always check the age and weight restrictions for any medicines that you give

and also ask your pharmacist for an oral syringe so it's easier to administer medicine to a child

adults however can take, paracetamol or ibuprofen either together or separately to help a fever

remember though ibuprofen should not be given to anyone whose asthma attacks have been triggered by it

or by any medicines in the same family

if you do want to try any of these medicines always run it by your pharmacist, nurse practitioner or doctor first

and always read the information leaflet

and that's it for this week's video I think this is really useful information for everyone to know

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