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How best can I manage fever in children?

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Article: Banks T et al (2013) Managing fever in children using a single antipyretic. Nursing Times; 109: 7, 24-25.

Authors: Teresa Banks is specialty trainee in paediatrics (year 2); Siba Prosad Paul is specialty trainee in paediatrics (year 5); Mary Wall is children’s ward manager; all at Great Western Hospital, Swindon.

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • Best practice for treatment of fever in children
  • Side-effects of antipyretic use
  • Tips for working with parents

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

  • The treatment of fever in children
  • The effects having a fever has on a child
  • Side-effects and treatment using antipyretics

 

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

This article will be useful when working in any paediatric setting as children frequently present with high fever, which can be a cause of anxiety for both parents and health professionals. The article will help you to weigh up treatment decisions and teach you how to fever in children should be managed. Reassurance is given around the dangers of high temperature, which would be useful to pass on to worried parents.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • How can I reassure a worried parent?
  • What is the best way to measure a child’s temperature? How frequently should this be done?

 

STUDENT NT DECODER

Antipyretic

Drugs that reduce fever.

Fever

Elevation of body temperature above the normal range - 36.5–37.5 °C in adults; 36­ to 36.8ºC in children (measured aurally or orally).

 

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