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Child has fever, headache, queasy stomach. No vomiting. Taking aspirin. Tried warm shower and cold cloth to head

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My 10 year old grandson has had a fever of 101-102 for 24 hours.
It is now 103 and I have been giving him 2 baby aspirin ( 81 mg each). every
5 hours. he is visiting us and I have release medical form from his parents.
I have tried a warm shower and cold cloths to head and neck.
has had sugared tea, toast oatmeal, pancake thru out the day. Only headache
and a little queazy stomach. No vomiting.
Please advise
Posted Thu, 3 May 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Hema Yadav 2 hours later

Thanks for the query.

The fever with mild headache and stomach ache could be due to viral infection which is common in children but considering that the fever is increasing to a high grade i.e 103 other causes should be ruled out like bacterial infection any urinary infection, parasitic infection like malarial fever etc.

That can be done by your pediatrician by taking detailed history, associated symptoms like of sorethroat, diarrhoea , etc. , followed by a thorough clinical examination and if necessary few tests like complete blood picture, throat swabs, urine tests etc.

The doctor can then prescribe necessary antibiotics and anti pyretics for fever.

Please try to avoid giving aspirin to children since it can possibly cause a XXXXXXX side effect called reyes syndrome affecting the liver and causing internal bleeding. Instead you can give anti pyretics like acetaminophen or a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen which can be safely given in children and the dosages are mentioned on the package or given as adviced by your doctor.

For high fever you have to sponge him with wet cloth dipped in water (tap water at normal temp neither hot nor cold) you can sponge his whole body in case the fever goes above 103, to prevent fever induced convulsions.

Give him plenty of water and a soft diet for easy digestion soups and warm homemade food preferable.

If he has a sorethroat let him do warm salt water gargles and steam inhalation thrice a day.

Hope I have answered your query.

I'll be available for any follow up queries.

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