FEVER

FEVERWhat is it?Fever is a temperature above 37°CSymptoms: Flushed appearance, headache, body aching all over, sweating, symptoms related to particular illness e.g. cough, abdominal pain, sore throat, runny nose, painful joints rash etc.Causes: Mostly infection, sometimes heatstroke, rarely poisoningTreatment in the home: Remove excess clothing, open windows, switch on an electric fan, and sponge the patient with tepid water, give an aspirin or paracetamol in recommended doses. Do not give aspirin to children under twelve years of age.Possible complications: Fever fits in childrenWhen to consult a doctor: Immediately when temperature approaches 39°C,

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FEVER FITS

FEVER FITSWhat is it?Fever fits refer to the convulsions some children experience as the result of a high temperature. Fever fits occur most commonly between the ages of six months and five years.Symptoms: The child becomes unconscious and the arms and legs are stiff. After a few seconds the arms and legs, and sometimes the face, start to twitch and jerk. The movements may be violent. The fit usually last for about two minutes. Urine and farces may be passed during the fit. During the next few minutes the child slowly regains

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