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what can i give my 7 yr old girl for a fever and stomach virus ?

By Anonymous June 7, 2011 - 12:47pm
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Hi...First...I agree with MaryAnn...always follow your Pediatrician's advice.

Medication won't be helpful for a case of viral gastroenteritis, though, which like all viral infections just has to run its course. Don't give your child anti-diarrhea medication — it'll just prolong her illness and can have potentially serious side effects.

If your child has a fever and seems uncomfortable, you may want to give her the appropriate dose of children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Never give your child aspirin, which is associated with Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal illness.

Dehydration is a concern whenever a child is losing fluid, whether it's through vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever.

Depending on how much your child is vomiting and whether she's able to keep down any liquids, the doctor may recommend giving her an over-the-counter oral electrolyte solution, such as Pedialyte. These solutions help replace lost fluids, minerals, and salts.

Your doctor can let you know how much your child should be drinking based on her age and weight. (Some of these solutions come as ice pops, or you can make your own.)

Hope she is feeling better by now, but if not, please do contact your child's doctor for his/her particular orders.


June 8, 2011 - 1:02am

What type of fever reducing medication does your pediatrician recommend that you give your child? Always follow your doctor's advice, especially with correct dosage.
What are the symptoms that your daughter is experiencing with the stomach virus? If she is vomiting or having diarrhea, preventing dehydration is important. Sips of water or ice chips are a good starter. As she can tolerate and keep the fluids down (if vomiting) gradually add clear liquids such as apple juice, broth, fruit ices and jello.Avoid dairy products such as milk and ice cream for several days, since there can be a temporary intolerance to the lactose in milk following a bout of a stomach virus. If the symptoms persist and the fever gets above 102 degrees, contact your doctor.

June 7, 2011 - 4:41pm
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