Most physicians initiate treatment with antipyretics if the child has a fever of more than 101°F (38.3°C), or if the childs comfort level could be improved. In general, fevers in children do not last for an extended period of time, are benign, and can actually protect the child.
When should fever medication be administered?
Medication isnt needed. Call the doctor if the fever is accompanied by a severe headache, stiff neck, shortness of breath, or other unusual signs or symptoms. If youre uncomfortable, take acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin.
At what temp should you give a child medicine?
Dont give your child medicine if he or she is between 3 months and 3 years of age and has a temperature of 102°F or lower. If your child is achy and fussy, and his or her temperature is above 102°F (38.8°C), you may want to give him or her acetaminophen.
How do antipyretics work to reduce fever?
An antipyretic (/ˌæntipaɪˈrɛtɪk/, from anti- against and pyretic feverish) is a substance that reduces fever. Antipyretics cause the hypothalamus to override a prostaglandin-induced increase in temperature. The body then works to lower the temperature, which results in a reduction in fever.
What is the treatment for pyrexia?
Antipyretic agents, mainly paracetamol and NSAIDs, and physical cooling methods can be used to control pyrexia. Cooling with surface devices is usually preferred for fever control while endovascular methods are more commonly restricted to therapeutic hypothermia.
When do you treat pyrexia?
From the reported findings discussed in this review, treating pyrexia appears to be beneficial in septic shock, out of hospital cardiac arrest and acute brain injury. Multiple therapeutic options are available for managing pyrexia, with precise targeted temperature management now possible.