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What causes fever in a child? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 18-Dec-2014
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User:Hello Doctor
Doctor:
Please proceed with your query
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Dr. My baby girl is 10 months old
Doctor:Ok
User:and she just woke up with a cry, may be due to dream.
Doctor:i see
User:But we see that her body temperature is hot than normal
Doctor:Were you able to check her temperature with a thermometer?
User:we measured 5 minutes ago and thermometer says 101.3 degree farenhit
Doctor:Yup, that sounds like a fever
User:So I thought to approach you.
Doctor:Well, most fevers like this in the very young are due to some viral infection
User:Her regular pediatrician has written medicine for fever, which we gave it to her
Doctor:Ok, how long has this been going on?
User:and its name is : Hydrozine hydrochloride Syrup USP - Atarax drops
User:She was normal before sleep.
Doctor:i see
User:I mean at around 10.30 I must say.
Doctor:The Atarax would have worn off by now
Doctor:Let me ask a quick question, is she able to eat and drink normally?
User:when woke up by crying then we saw & observed this abnormal phenomena
User:Yes ofcourse.
User:In fact, before sleep, she didn't eat her normal food
Doctor:Ok, is she able to drink water?
User:But she emptied one bowl (around 150 ml) of Oats that her mother supposed to eat. (plane sweetish oats)
User:Her mother just breast feeded her
User:& she drank
User:for about 10 minutes
Doctor:ok, good, as long as she is maintaining proper hydration, she is in no danger
User:ok.
Doctor:Do you have any paracetamol syrup?
Doctor:one brand i am familiar with is Calpol
User:wait let me see.
User:what I have is - Calpol 120mg Supension
User:is what I have
User:and we also have Paracetamol oral Suspension IP t-98 Paediatric Drops
Doctor:ok, you can use either one of those to manage the fever and allow her to rest for the time being.
User:Fine doctor.
Doctor:If the fever lasts more than 7 days.. then you will need to take her back to the doctor and look into getting antibiotics prescribed.
Doctor:If at any time she is not able to feed properly (not drinking milk)
User:My wife has placed wet cotton cloth on her forehead. Would you recommend that to proceed with????
Doctor:Then I worry about dehydration, then you will need to take her to the pediatrician earlier
Doctor:Well, such things do help with the fever.. but it may cause worsening of the infection
Doctor:I would stick with the calpol or the other drops
User:Alright Doctor, at this moment what we worry is to wait for the morning. Anyhow we'll visit by morning around 10.30 am
User:Ok. We'll use calpol
Doctor:I think you will be fine. Just feed her on demand and make sure she is getting her fill of milk
User:Ok.
User:Already, before starting chat we gave her "T-98"
User:So you want me to give calpol now or wait for sometime
User:??
Doctor:ok, that should have an effect soon enough, wait before you give anything else
Doctor:you can give her something like calpol every 6 hours. till morning
User:Ok Doctor, got you.
Doctor:No problem
Doctor:Anything else I can help you with?
User:Nope doctor, in case needed we might ping back to you this night. For now we feel good.
Doctor:Ok, no problem, will be here if you need me
User:Thank you very much for in time aid.
Doctor:Always happy to help
User:Thanks
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
User:bye.
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