Fever can cause angst and concern for parents of children affected by ectodermal dysplasia. In this article, Dr. Timothy J. Fete and Dr. Clayton Butcher explain in detail what you need to know about fever to help you treat yourself or your child.
Generally, fever is good for the body when it is fighting infection. However, fever can be trickier for parents if their child has hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED) or another type of ectodermal dysplasia that affects the sweat glands. These conditions can cause hypohidrosis or decreased sweating. Find out how to tell whether a fever is caused by overheating or an infection.
There are several ways to take your child’s temperature. Learn what device to use and which method is the best way to take it.
Treating Fever and Ectodermal Dysplasia
Drs. Fete and Butcher explain when you should be concerned about a fever and outline ways to treat fever based on its cause. If the fever is due to a simple infection, follow guidelines for over-the-counter medication, dressing, and cooling.
Children under five years of age can have a seizure due to fever. This is very scary for parents to watch but it is normal and generally safe. If you child has a seizure, follow Dr. Fete and Butcher’s guidelines and seek immediate medical attention.
If your child affected by ectodermal dysplasia has a fever from lack of sweating, medications are unlikely to reduce the fever. Consider using the cooling tips provided.
When Should I Call My Child’s Health Care Provider?
There are certain situations where you should definitely call your child’s health care provider. Learn what they are so you know when to take action.
Families affected by ectodermal dysplasia need to be aware of how to prevent fever from the environment or exercise and be ready to bring the temperature down when it does occur.
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