Henry Hasson ,MD , discusses fever in children and infants.
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Host: Fever, this is we able to get lot of kids with fever. If a kid is playful, alert, looking for a lollypop, we’re not to worry about the fever but if the toxic presentation, when the kid is not playful, not focusing, loves his – he doesn’t look right to me and that's a red health, isn’t it? Henry Hasson: Sure. Yeah, and that something definitely if you notice that in child something, you want to see a pediatrician as soon as possible or and you know, even go to the emergency room if they are really not active then. Host: And also if you bring the fever down, the reason for the fever didn't go away you just got the temperature down. And on misconception, all if you bring it down, my kid’s fine or if you bring it down really quick, that's good, some parents say, it’s better bring it down slowly, it stays down long up, the body got adjusted to the new temperature unless you have to bring it back up again, is that true? Henry Hasson: Yeah and it’s something that you really wanted to be talking with your pediatrician. You know fever is something that worries people with – it’s just something that they can feed tangibles and number to it. But the fever is just an indication of other things that are going on, it’s not – as like you said, it's not treating the problem by treating the fever. Sometimes, a rapid rise or a decrease in temperatures can even bring about a seizure. There is still some controversy over whether Febrile Seizures are caused by the rapid increasing temperature or the higher temperature, that is something to be concerned about. Host: And the cold -- obviously a child, most people will say, under six weeks, some people say, under three months, fever is a red flag in young babies no matter what the situation looks like, is that correct? Henry Hasson: Sure. Yeah and the American Academy of Pediatrics have guidelines that you know most pediatricians will follow, when certain things are required during tests.