When is antipyretic therapy not recommended for children


Read Book: Emergency & Trauma Care for Nurses and Paramedics (2nd Edition)

Read Chapter 36, “Paediatric Emergencies”.

You are called to attend a 14-month-old child suffering from fever, diarrhoea and vomiting. The mother verbalises that the child has not been feeding properly, has been crying and has not sleep very well for the last 24 hours.

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1. When is antipyretic therapy not recommended for children with fever and why? What is the focus of fever management among paediatrics?

2. Name at least five key elements in taking the history for paediatric presentation.

3. What is the most important parameter to be collected for actual and potential fluid and electrolyte imbalance? How would the hospital accurately obtain this data?