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Clinic introduction

Advice from a naughty teacher

​Pediatric fever

fever in children

Do you know your child's normal temperature?

Medically, a fever of 37.5 degrees or higher is defined as "fever". However, as those of you who are actually raising children will know, a temperature of 37.5 degrees is normal, and it can reach this level after a nap or after playing outside. So, do you need to see a doctor then?

No, not at all. So the important thing is to know your normal. For example, get into the habit of taking your temperature three to four times a day (when you wake up, before and after a nap, in the evening, before you go to bed, etc.). Here are some things to keep in mind when measuring body temperature:

(1) Keep the patient at rest. (Accurate body temperature measurement is not possible if you are crying or moving.)

(2) Use the same thermometer. (Those that can be measured under the armpit for more than 1 minute.)

If the result of this measurement is that your temperature is one degree higher than your normal temperature, check for other symptoms before going to the hospital. .

How to cool down

How do you guys deal with your child's fever?

If you have a high fever of 38.5 degrees or higher, please wear light clothes and do not cover yourself with a futon. You may think, "Oh," but if you put a futon on when you have a high fever, you will be overheated and your body temperature will rise further. Unlike adults, children's bodies do not sweat unexpectedly. Therefore, it does not apply to the definition that "sweating reduces heat."

Therefore, the most effective way to reduce fever is to cool the "back of the neck, armpits, and crotch area" with ice or ice packs. These three areas have large arteries (carotid artery, axillary artery, and inguinal artery). This method is called the medical three-point cooling method.

In fact, by wrapping the ice pack in a towel or socks and tying it under the armpit or at the crotch, it is convenient because it does not come off even when the child moves. As a precaution, please remove these ice packs when the tips of your hands and feet become cold.

In addition, there are various opinions regarding the use of antipyretic agents at medical institutions, but as a general rule, antipyretic agents themselves do not cure the original cause of fever, so the antipyretic effect is temporary and the fever returns after a few hours. will most likely go up. Therefore, although antipyretics may be used for emergency treatment, repeated use is not recommended.

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