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Child having recurrent fever. Given calpol, breast feeding is normal. Suggest?

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My 10 months daughter has fever since yesterday which comes and goes. Gave Calpol but it comes back. temperature is between 100 - 100.2 ... Even when the temperature is normal she is crying with regular interval ... Note she has no teeth grown yet..Otherwise also she do not want to eat at all not even water or ORS ...Breastfeeding is normal .Pls advice ...
Posted Fri, 14 Jun 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Hema Yadav 40 minutes later
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Fever around 100F can be either due to a viral infection or might accompany the pain and discomfort of teething .
The most important thing to decrease her irritability and the fever is to maintain her hydration with plenty of fluids ( ORS , water , milk , juices , soups etc whatever she accepts ) . Give them in small quantities at frequent intervals or as sips every 15 minutes or so.
Next make sure you give her calpol drops in the right dose and interval as per doctors prescription.It contains acetaminophen which is usually given as 10 - 15 mg/ kg / dose every 4-6 hourly.It can also relieve any pain accompanying teething.
Try to make her sleep comfortably and adequately .If she has any nasal congestion accompanying then use saline nose drops for relief.
Continue breastfeeding frequently.
Watch for development of any new symptoms like cough, loose stools etc and seek medical consultation accordingly.
If despite these measures fever persists beyond 3 days your doctor might prescribe antibiotics if bacterial infection is suspected on evaluation.
If the fever worsens (>102)or child is lethargic its best to get her thoroughly evaluated by her pediatrician immediately.
Hope that answers your query.
I'll be available for any further queries .
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