Fever in children is always an alarm signal for parents. Whether it is a cold, flu or other infection in the body, raising the temperature is considered by specialists a normal reaction of the body.
So that the visit to the pediatrician is not in vain and that you know when and how to act when your child has a fever, we offer some tips that will help you.
But what is fever really?
Fever is by far the most common concern of parents going to a pediatrician. It is not a disease and is usually not harmful. In fact, fever is the way the human body fights to protect itself from infections.
As in the case of an adult, the normal body temperature of a child is on average 36.5 - 37 degrees Celsius.
By the time these values are exceeded by 1-2 degrees one can already speak of fever.
You can realize that the little one has a fever if when you touch him he feels his body warmer than usual. Also, the child can transition more and have a state of apathy.
The safest way to make sure if your child has a fever or not is to use the thermometer either intra-or intra-rectally.
What should you do if your child has a fever?
The first step is to look at the fever as something that helps, not as something harmful. Thus, you will be a little more calm when your child is suffering from a febrile condition. Here are some measures you can take when your child has a fever:
- The first rule: treat fever only if the child seems to feel bad. Many viruses cause high body temperature without causing other problems. In such cases, you just have to let your body work.
- There are no studies to show that treating fever leads to a decrease in febrile conditions. However, if the child has lethargic states, is apathetic or irritable, it is advisable to start treatment. Other symptoms that may occur are decreased appetite, headache or difficulty breathing.
- Standard anti-fever treatment includes fever-reducing medicines such as Tylenol, Panadol, Ibuprofen or Paracetamol. The dosage depends on the weight of the child and less on the age.
- But be careful not to combine the drugs unless this has been recommended by the doctor.
Although these drugs can be purchased without a prescription, if not properly administered, they can cause serious side effects, such as gastrointestinal bleeding or liver intoxication.
So make sure you only give the child the required amount of medication and always consult a doctor if you are not sure about the recommended dosage.
- If the child's temperature is very high, higher than 39 degrees Celsius, cold water compresses will help reduce it. However, when compresses are the only treatment method used, the fever returns fairly quickly to baseline.
- Stop applying compresses if the child has chills.
- Thus, the use of compresses at the same time as the drug treatment could lead to a faster reduction of fever.
- Parents should know that alcohol rubbing is not recommended, as it can be absorbed into the skin, thus leading to hypoglycemia or even alcohol induced coma.
- If you have tried all these methods and your child seems to still feel bad or if the fever does not subside for more than 3 days, the doctor visit is definitely necessary. Usually, a viral infection that causes fever lasts from 3 to 5 days.
NOTA BENE: It is very important that when the child is suffering from a febrile condition, he or she should provide a higher intake than usual with fluids.
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