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Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo discuss pediatric health conditions and parenting concerns in an evidence-based educational podcast aimed at parents and other pediatric healthcare providers. Powered by Kids First Pediatric Partners, one of the leading pediatric practices in the Northshore and located in Skokie, Illinois. 

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Oct 9, 2018

Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile & Jean Russo are joined by a special guest and of our very own pediatricians Dr. Jenny Kim!  Dr. Kim explains one of our HOTTEST topics in pediatric primary care- fevers!  Some of the topics Dr. Kim covers in this episode: 

  • What can affect our temperature fluctuations
  • A true fever starts at 100.4F of a core body temperature
  • Temperature measurement techniques
  • Reasons why fever may be a GOOD thing
  • The symptoms a fever will produce 
  • When fever is considered an emergency
  • When parents should call our office to let us know about their child's fever 
  • Viral fevers can generally last 3-5 days
  • Why do fevers come and go throughout the day
  • What temperature is “too high”
  • Why a fever doesn’t actually cause brain damage
  • How, when, and why we should administer fever-reducing medications like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
  • Why do fevers sometimes go UP after giving fever-reducing medications
  • Febrile seizures
  • Fevers caused by vaccinations