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Fever and Febrile Convulsions

  • A concise definition of a fever and its detection
  • Methods of assessing a sick child with a fever including the 'A,B,C, Fluids in, and Fluids out' method
  • A description of the causes, stages and effects of a fever
  • Directions in fever management
  • A thorough description of febrile convulsions

Fevers are common in young children. A fever can be defined as a centrally regulated rise in temperature in response to some pathological stimulus. In simple terms, something has gone wrong and this has caused the body to raise its temperature. This chapter informs the reader about how to effectively manage children with fevers.

Contents include

  • What is a fever?
  • Assessing sick children with a fever
  • What is happening in a fever?
  • Causes of fever
  • Management of fever
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Final messages
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Author / Editor Biographies

Gerry has many years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the Emergency Department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a clinical nurse educator. Gerry currently works part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne and runs her own business in paediatric health education. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who attend her lectures. Gerry is also the author of the highly successful Ausmed book entitled Care of Sick Children: A Basic Guide.

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