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Fever in Children (cont.)

Follow-up for Fever in Children

Usually, the emergency department doctor will ask that, within the next 24-48 hours, one contact or see a child's regular doctor or return to the emergency department.

  • A child's condition can be further observed at home or in the clinical area.
  • Any treatment prescribed by the doctor in the emergency department should be monitored for effectiveness.
  • One should receive information about any tests and cultures performed for your child and follow-up instructions if necessary.

Prevention of Fever in Children

Prevention of many illnesses that cause fever revolves around personal and household hygiene. Use these strategies to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria:

  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Cover the mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing.
  • Handle food with clean hands.
  • Properly immunize a child (see the pediatric immunization schedule).
  • Eat a healthy diet including fruits and vegetables.
  • Get the proper amount of sleep.

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