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Fever in Babies
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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My child falls sick very often with a sore throat, running nose and accompanied by fever. How can I avoid this?

Anaya (Mumbai, India)

A: Children up to 5 years usually get about 8 - 10 infections per year. There is nothing you can do about it. It is part of growing up.

Dr. Balasubramanian

Q: Is it dangerous for the baby if you have fever (39.5 C) in the first month of pregnancy? I had a lot of pain in my throat, but didn't use any medicine.

Bimla (Den Haag, Netherlands)

A: Yes, sometimes fever can be harmful for the foetus. Its best for the mother to keep her temperature down. Moreover it depends on what kind of infection you have had. Very often it may not affect the baby at all. The next time take a paracetemol to control the fever.

Dr. Mansukhani

Q: My daughter had a cold and cough with a mild fever a few days ago, for which we were giving her homeopathic medicines. Suddenly she had a convulsion attack. We immediately rushed her to the hospital. Her fever was 102 deg F. The doctor at the hospital told us that this is fibral convulsion and occurs in childhood (between 0-5 years), when the body temperature shoots up. Could there be some other cause? Can you suggest any more tests or treatments?

GS (Noida, India)

A: Your doctor's diagnosis is perfectly correct. All you need to do is to keep the temperature down. Your child will not get convulsions again at that temperature.

Dr. Subba Rao

Q: My baby's hands get very cold in the evenings. She has had a cough with a running nose for the past 2 days. We wrap her up in something warm, and after 20 minutes, she starts getting a fever. What could the problem be?

Mukta (Chandigarh, India)

A: I do not completely understand what you are saying. If your daughter gets a chill followed by fever, it is characteristic of malaria. Please have her checked immediately by a doctor. This service is mainly provided for health queries. You should not be waiting to get an answer for acute conditions like this.

Dr. Balasubramanian

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