New Delhi, October 14: It is common for children to have a fever during seasonal changes. Fever makes children restless and they often start crying. Children with a fever show symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and dehydration. In such a situation, if the body temperature begins to rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it is best to give paracetamol medication. If you also have children at home, it is very important to know some important things before giving paracetamol tablets or syrup. Children do not need to be given medicine immediately after a fever. Sometimes treating the fever without medication can boost their immunity. What is paracetamol? According to the NHS, paracetamol is a medicine that relieves headaches, stomachaches and fever. Paracetamol is a common medicine, but it should not be abused to reduce fever in children. It can also harm the health of children. Remember these things before giving paracetamol – Doctor’s advice: Before giving paracetamol to a child, be sure to consult a doctor. By doing this, you will be able to give the baby the right amount of medicine based on his weight and age. Give the right dose: If the fever does not go down quickly despite the dose, many people start to overdose on paracetamol, which is the wrong thing to do. Check the temperature: If you are giving the baby oral medication, be sure to check the temperature once beforehand. Give paracetamol only if the temperature is above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid overdose: If the child takes two drugs together, you should consult the doctor about the drugs. Sometimes the cough medicine also contains a dose of paracetamol. In such cases, giving the child paracetamol can be overdosed.
Dose by weight: The dose of paracetamol depends on the weight of the child. If your child is 5 years of age or younger, give the medicine only as directed on the package or as directed by the doctor. Avoid unnecessary use: paracetamol is used not only against fever but also against pain. Do not give paracetamol if the child has a fever but does not feel sick. Read this – Drinking milk tea? Wait… is it good or bad for the body? To read first How long to give: If the fever does not go down after 3 days of administration of paracetamol, consult a doctor immediately. The child may have an infectious disease, which must be treated promptly. Four-hour interval required: Paracetamol should not be administered more than 4 times in 24 hours. It is safe to give paracetamol to children only 4 times a day.
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