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Aldebaran Sakit

January 28, 2008
semalem, aldebaran panas. :-(
ini kali pertama dia sakit.
alhamdulillah, sore ini panasnya udah berkurang. kasian aja liat dia jadi lemes…

tapi, saya ngga panik. soalnya karena ikutan milis sehat, udah pernah baca tentang demam jadi tenang.

ini catatan untuk ibu-ibu bila anaknya demam, diambil dari file milis sehat.


What is a fever?

– Fever is a rise in body temperature.
– Fever is a symptom, not a sickness. Fever says that there is something wrong and that the body is trying to take care of the problem.
– Your child has a fever if rectal temperature if over 100.4 degrees F (or 38 degrees C).
– Your child has a fever if oral (mouth) temperature is over 99.6 degrees F (or 37.6 degrees C).
– Your child has a fever if axillary (armpit) temperature is over 98.6 degrees F (or 37 degrees C).
– A normal temperature is 97-100.4 degrees F (or 36-38 degrees C).

What causes fevers?
– Fever is a symptom of an illness.
– Fever is how the body fights a viral or bacterial infection.
– Fevers are not usually dangerous.

Are fevers contagious?
No. Fevers are not contagious.

How is a fever treated?
Fevers can be treated with or without medication. If your child has had a febrile seizure (seizure during a fever) he should have medication every time he has a fever.

Without medication:
– If your child is still eating, drinking, and playing, he may not need medication.
– Dress him in lightweight clothing or have him take off his clothes so he loses heat through his skin.
– Cover him in a light blanket if he is cold or shivering.
– Keep your child quiet. Activity could make his fever worse.
– Give him extra fluids (such as water, Popsicles, Jell-O, or juices). If he doesn’t want to drink, give him whatever fluids he will agree to.

With medication:
– Medication may help your child feel better but may not stop the fever.
– Give Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol, Tempra, or Panedol) every four hours.
– Read label and follow directions. Give your child the right amount for his weight and age.
– Check with your doctor before giving Ibuprofen (such as Pediaprofen, Motrin, or Advil).
– Do not use aspirin for fever. It can cause serious illness, especially if your child has chicken pox.
– Your child may need a sponge bath if he has a fever over 104 degrees F (or 40 degrees C) and it has not gone down 30-60 minutes after getting medication. Use lukewarm water, not cold water. Never leave a child alone in the tub.
– Stop the bath if your child starts to shiver.
– Do not use rubbing alcohol on your child’s skin. It can cool him too fast or give him alcohol poisoning.

mg= milligram
tsp= teaspoon
ml= millileter

How long should a fever last?
– A fever should not last more than three days. Call your doctor if your child’s temperature will not go down.

How can fevers be prevented?
– The body’s temperature varies throughout the day.
– It normally goes up in warm weather, after exercising, after drinking hot liquid, and when wearing heavy clothes.
– Having a fever is a sign that the body is fighting infection, so you don’t want to prevent it.
– Watch your child’s symptoms to make sure the fever is okay. Read below to learn when to call the doctor.

When should I call the doctor?
– Call the doctor if your baby is under 3 months old and has a temperature.
– Call the doctor if your child has a temperature of 105 degrees F (or 40 degrees C) or higher.
– Call the doctor if your child has fever and a loss of appetite, headache, vomiting or stomach pain, is fussy, sleepy, or crying more than usual, can’t swallow, has a sore throat, a hard time breathing, ear pain, or pain with urination.

Quick Answers
– Fever is a rise in the body temperature.
– Fever is how the body fights a viral or bacterial infection.
– Fevers are not contagious.
– There are generally three different types of thermometers; glass, digital, and tympanic.
– There are different ways to take your child’s temperature. Use the way that is best for your child’s age.
– Most children do not need medication if they have a fever. Medication won’t stop the fever but it may help your child feel better.
– A fever should not last more than three days.
– Having a fever is a sign that the body is fighting infection, so you don’t want to prevent it.
– Call the doctor if your infant has a fever or if your child has other symptoms with his fever.

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