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Any body temperature above normal (37'c) is classed as a fever and is the body's way of helping eliminate invading pathogens causing infection.

Fever is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection and upper respiratory infections. Such as the common childhood diseases: measles, mumps, chickenpox, and whooping cough.

When to seek further professional advice
If a child's fever stays above 39'c for more than six hours call immediately for emergency medical treatment.

Alternative Treatment

Homeopathy: Remedies include apes if the child feels chilly and complains of stinging pains, arsenic if the child is exhausted and chilly, and aconite and belladonna for high fever.
Other therapies include: Chinese and Western Herbs, Aromatherapy, and Reflexology.

Traditional Treatment

Paracetamol may be given to reduce a fever due to infections. Antibiotics will be prescribed for bacterial infections. Rectal diazepam may also be given to prevent a fit in very vulnerable children.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-21