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Small child, fever at night. Using cold compress, taking tylenol. Cure for fever?

For the second consecutive night my 3 year old son has a fever only at night. The first night I gave him some kids Tylenol and he threw up twice. Last night I didn t give him any Tylenol and he didn t throw up. Both nights I have removed his top and placed a cold facecloth over his forehead . His whole body was hot to the touch and when I took his temperature it was between 100-102. During the days he is perfectly fine.
Wed, 31 Oct 2012
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Hello
Night time rise of temperature should be investigated for the cause. Sometimes children don't like the taste of the medicine and they throw up. You can use another preparation of paracetamol with different taste for controlling the temperature.
Beside this do tepid sponging( with lukewarm water not cold water) of whole body. Lukewarm water causes blood vessels to dilate on the skin surface and thus releases heat from the body. Cold water should be used in case of very high temperature. Maintain hydration by giving plenty of fluids.
Night time fever can be due to viral infection, malaria or some other infection.
Consult your doctor for blood test like CBC, malaria test etc. to reach a diagnosis and management accordingly.
Regards
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Small child, fever at night. Using cold compress, taking tylenol. Cure for fever?

Hello Night time rise of temperature should be investigated for the cause. Sometimes children don t like the taste of the medicine and they throw up. You can use another preparation of paracetamol with different taste for controlling the temperature. Beside this do tepid sponging( with lukewarm water not cold water) of whole body. Lukewarm water causes blood vessels to dilate on the skin surface and thus releases heat from the body. Cold water should be used in case of very high temperature. Maintain hydration by giving plenty of fluids. Night time fever can be due to viral infection, malaria or some other infection. Consult your doctor for blood test like CBC, malaria test etc. to reach a diagnosis and management accordingly. Regards