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    Default **spin off** high temps

    What do you do to treat it in children? Do you treat or let it go? I have very strong opinions on this but I'm not going to say them because I reakon ild get jumped on. I will say I treat my kids temps.

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    I treat the symptoms not the temp. So I don't do anything if they are coping if they are sweating I will strip them down, if they are lethargic at all I will try to cool them down without using medication (cool flannel on wrists, neck and thighs) if that doesn't work or my instincts tell me otherwise I use nurofen piggy backed with panadol if needed.putting it simply I don't reach for the medication first off. I only just bought a thermometer a few weeks ago I haven't had one for a few years.

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    I have never really had much of a choice, he could never swallow panadol nor nurofen nor any of the other brands - he'd spew it up and would end up more distressed than before having the medication (which wouldn't work anyway as he'd puke it out before it absorbed).

    He's always woken the next morning from a fever completely healthy I do believe this is because I haven't fluffed around with medications etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post

    He's always woken the next morning from a fever completely healthy I do believe this is because I haven't fluffed around with medications etc.
    I've always found suppressing the bodies natural defenses causes the illness to last longer*.


    *talking about common household illnesses here- colds, minor infections (tonsillitis, ear infections) I generally always get them checked over by a GP but only treat if absolutely nessesary.

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    Panadol/nurofen

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    Panadol and nurofen to treat the symptoms. My pair don't usually get a temp unless they get really sick.

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    I only really give medication if they are in pain. I haven't been faced with very many instances of high temperatures but I just kept them comfortable in the few instances I have been faced with.

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    I have only had to give 20 month old DS panadol once when his temp got to 39.5 a few months ago, it was hovering around 38-39 and he was still drinking/eating/sleeping so his little body was fighting something! But it was 3am and my GP always said the first thing an emergency department will say is "have you given him panadol" so I thought I would try it and luckily it started to come down within half hour and by morning he was fine
    I'm a believer a fever is a great sign their bodies are fighting something , i usually take off an item
    If clothing, maybe a tepid bath and encourage lots of water, so I would only give panadol again if he was uncomfortable , in pain or his fever was over 39.5

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    I generally will treat a fever if my child is miserable. Eg have pain, discomfort.. seem to be struggling a bit.. I find it pretty helpful. It reduces inflammation and particularly with my daughter she will not sleep if she is feeling crappy and sleep is usally what cures her.. so its not just for fever.. I won't just treat any fever. Fevers can often get quite high and then go away on their own. If a fever doesn't break I will go to the gp (or call the locum) and in my kids its usually tonsilitis or ears. They get that stuff so often its often hard to know they are unwell besides the fever.

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    Nurofen. Neither of the girls will take
    Panadol. And I only give it if they are uncomfortable. If they are hot/have fever and are still relatively happy and whatever then I just leave them

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