Fever in Children (cont.)
Your doctor may or may not be able to tell you the exact cause of your child's fever.
- Viral infections of the respiratory system are the
most common cause of fever. Antibiotics do not cure or help with viral infections and increase the chance of drug reactions and potentially other problems.
- If your doctor diagnoses a bacterial infection, your
child will be started on antibiotics.
- Urinary tract infections, ear infections,
throat infections, sinus infections, skin infections, gastrointestinal infections, and pneumonia may be
treated with antibiotics at home.
- Your child may receive oral antibiotics, a shot, or both.
- Children suspected to have bacterial meningitis are always admitted to the hospital.
- Additionally, your doctor may recommend giving acetaminophen
(Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) for fever.
- Dehydration may be treated by giving oral fluids or
intravenous (IV) fluids.
- If a child is vomiting, a drug to control nausea may be given by injection or by rectal suppository.
- After a period of time, oral fluids will be attempted.
- If your child's condition improves after reducing the
fever, treating dehydration, and serious bacterial infections have been ruled
out, the doctor will, more than likely, discharge your child from the emergency
clinic for further care and monitoring at home.
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