Codeine – why the change?

As many individuals will be aware, from the 1st of February 2018, products containing codeine now require a prescription. Generally speaking there is a three-step approach to pain management. References: Pain Australia Codeine Fact Sheet. (n.d.) Pain Australia. Retrieved From: www.painaustralia .org.au


Fever in Children

On average, a child has up to 10 infections per year. Body temperature isn’t a reliable indicator of illness for babies and young children – a child may have a mild temperature according to the thermometer (slightly over 37°C), but seem happy and healthy. Trust your own instincts, but seek medical help if your child:

  • Is aged six months or less
  • Has a rash
  • Has a fever of 40°C or more
  • Is still feverish after a day or so, despite four-hourly doses of baby paracetamol
  • Vomits or has persistent diarrhoea
  • Refuses food or drink
  • Cries inconsolably
  • Seems listless, floppy or just looks ill
  • Convulses or twitches
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Is in pain

If you feel at all worried or concerned at any stage, consult with your doctor.


Fever

Fever is a rise in body temperature above the normal temperature, usually caused by infection. Normal body temperature is around 37°C (give or take a degree, depending on individual differences). There may also be minor fluctuations over the course of the day and night. Contrary to popular belief, the severity of fever isn’t necessarily related…

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