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Child having high fever and headache. Taken motrin. Fever persisting. Suggestions?

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6 year old boy came home from school today with low temp and complained of a bad headache. Gave him childrens motrin around 2pm. was acting better and went to bed around 9pm. checked on him at 9:45 and he had a fever of 102.7 gave him another dose of motrin and it is now 11 pm and the fever has not gone down. His entire body is hot to the touch. Any suggestions?
Posted Wed, 11 Apr 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Harish Naik 1 hour later
Thanks for posting the query.

If the child has fever try sponging the child with XXXXXXX warm water and give him analgesics like Motrin.

Give him sufficient fluids and juices to drink.Only mild non oily and non spicy food .

If the fever persists or increases consult the child specialist, to know the cause of fever.

You can do investigations like CBC (complete blood tests) and urine routine to be done to rule out any infection.

You will have to go to an ER if

1.Your child has a purple or red rash.

2.A change in consciousness occurs or seizure occurs.

3.Your child's breathing is shallow, rapid, or difficult.

4.Your child has a headache that will not go away.

5.Your child starts to vomit.

Hope I have answered all your questions. I will be available for follow up queries if any.

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