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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

Print version ISSN 0864-2125On-line version ISSN 1561-3038


LEON LOPEZ, Rogelio; DIAZ NOVAS, José  and  GALLEGO MACHADO, Bárbara Rosa. Treatment of the febrile child in primary health care. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.1. ISSN 0864-2125.

Useful considerations on the treatment of fever in the child at the primary health care level were exposed, making reference to essential aspects, such as: definition, physiopathology, classification, alarm signs, how to take the temperature, as well as other basic aspects to be taken into account in the treatment of the entity. On having fever, one of the most frequent reasons to give attention to the child, it was stressed the importance of its correct assessment by all the personnel facing the increasingly worrying situation of the febrile child. Moreover, emphasis was made on the screening of a severe bacterial infection in every child with fever visiting the physician. Reference was made to some national and international working protocols for the treatment of the febrile child. Finally, some considerations were made on the importance of training not only the health personnel providing attention to the children, but also the relatives and care givers of the febrile child. Recommendations and suggestions based on the reviewed bibliography and on our experience in clinical practice were also exposed.

Keywords : Fever; hyperthermia; pyrogens; severe bacterial sepsis.

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