Health note­book: Fevers

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Pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Ng­wezi says, “Ba­bies can have a low grade tem­per­a­ture be­tween 37 and 37.5º C, but this is not al­ways con­sid­ered a fever. Make sure the baby is not over­dressed or in a hot en­vi­ron­ment.

“A tem­per­a­ture be­tween 37.5 and 38º C is re­garded as an el­e­va­tion in tem­per­a­ture and in­di­cates the pres­ence of a mild in­fec­tion or a re­ac­tion to im­mu­ni­sa­tion.

“A tem­per­a­ture of more than 38º C is de­fined as fever. This in­di­cates ei­ther vi­ral or bac­te­rial ill­ness. Try bring­ing it down with a luke­warm bath and keep him cool, and if there is no suc­cess, parac­eta­mol can be given with cau­tion. If there’s no change af­ter an hour, the baby must be taken to the doc­tor or hospi­tal. Chil­dren with a tem­per­a­ture ex­ceed­ing 38.5º C are at a dan­ger of de­vel­op­ing febrile con­vul­sions.”

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