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Fever in Children

Your child has vomiting and diarrhea, but no signs of a blockage in his intestine, a serious infection, or dehydration. Your child most likely has a viral gastroenteritis. People often call this "the stomach flu," although it is not caused by the influenza virus.

Have your child rest. Give him clear liquids; small amounts at a timeĀ are best. You can use acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever; read the dosage directions on the package carefully. Don't give any other medications without the advice of your doctor.

You should call the doctor immediately if your child gets any worse or if he develops any of the signs of dehydration:

  • no urination in six hours

  • dry mouth

  • weakness or sleepiness

  • pale or bluish skin

  • rapid heartbeat or rapid, shallow breathing.

You should also call the doctor if your child hasn't started to improve in a day or two.


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