The normal body temperature of your child ranges between 36.50 and 37.50C. When body temperature reaches to 380C or more than that it is usually treated as fever. Fever is generally an indication of infection in the body. Usually, fever in children is not detrimental. It is usual tendency that parents become excessive distressed due to high fever in children. Fever is not responsible for damaging brain function and other parts of the body. Fever is a very common illness in children and often recovered by itself without any treatment. Home medications contribute a lot for lowering body temperature. It is essential to find out the main reasons for fever in case of the very young babies.
In this article the following topics are covered:
# Symptoms of Fever.
# Reasons For Fever In Children.
# When consult with a doctor is Mandatory?
# How to measure your child’s temperature?
# Possible Complications of Fever.
# Treatment Of Fever.
# Prevention Of Fever in Children.
Symptoms of Fever : Most familiar signs of fever in children are:
#Feeling uncomfortable or sick.
#Increasing heart rate.
#Not interested in eating.
#Substantial changes in sleeping pattern.
#Feeling too much hot or cold.
#Experience pain in the body.
#Pain in the head.
Reasons For Fever In Children: The most well-known reasons for fever are:
#Due to the viruses most of the children suffer from viral infections. These infections are treated as the main reason for developing fever in children. Different types of viral infections include-Roseola, Colds, Flu, Infection in hand , foot or mouth, chicken pox, Fifth illness, Diarrhoeal etc.
#Bacterial infections are less familiar than viral infections. It is the second leading factor for fever. Various types of illness related to bacteria include:
*Urine and kidney infections.
*Septicaemia and Meningitis.
Other reasons for fever include:
# Sensitivity to allergies.
#Illness associated with heat exposure.
#Reaction to certain medicines.
#Persistent joint irritation.
#Rheumatoid Arthritis etc.
Children can be affected very easily if any family member is suffering from a disease or touched with another child in daycare or school.
When consult with a doctor is Mandatory? Try to make appointment with doctor in the following situations:
# Age of the child is six months or less than six months.
# Abnormal crying.
#Experience joint pain.
# Breathing problem.
#Having Sore throat.
#Rejects to drink breast milk abnormally.
#Becoming sicker day by day.
#Do not progress after 2 days.
#Suffering from fever for more than 5 days.
#Having a fever of 400 C or more.
#Existence of worrying signals such as neck stiffness.
#Confusion about proper dosage of medicines.
#Having a headache.
#Having fever due to immunized, body temperature is higher than 1020 or fever does not improve for more than 2 days.
#Fever promotes seizure.
#Symptoms of excessive dehydration like- unwetted diapers, dried mouth, tearless crying.
It is not necessary to seek medical treatment urgently, you may take care of your child at house very easily in case of the following conditions:
#When your child drinks and feeds enough.
#Shows sufficient interaction with you.
How to measure your child’s temperature?
You can measure your child’s temperature differently like- orally, rectally, axillary, aurally, or superficially.
There are also various categories of thermometer you can use such as Ear thermometer, Temporal artery thermometer, Pacifier thermometer, and plastic strips.
To get a perfect result , you have to follow the required instructions. On the emergency case, parents may seek help doctor, nurse etc.
Possible Complications of Fever: Sometimes severe fever in children is linked with more dangerous signals such as:
#Shortness of breath.
#Tendency of vomiting.
Fabric Seizures or Convulsions: Sometimes children may suffer from Fabric Convulsions due to high temperature. Actually, fabric spasm should not be treated as Epilepsy, and it is not responsible for damaging the brain. It is usually unpredictable , that means we can not find out primarily who will be suffered from convulsions.
The duration of convulsions may vary . It may last up to 15 minutes and accompanied by sleepiness. Children may experience Fabric Convulsions due to the different types of infections like- respiratory , gastrointestinal tract infections etc.
It is essential to provide quick treatment when convulsions are caused by serious illness or continue for long periods.
Experience Skin Bleedings: It is very important to check rashes in your child’s body .If you observe purple or red colored small and shining spots that do not dissolve , when you press on them there might be skin bleeding. Bleeding of skin might be a symbol of dangerous diseases such as Sepsis or Meningitis. Both of these are very serious disease and demand quick treatment.
Other possible complication of fever may include *Septicaemia.
Treatment Of Fever : In reality child will be normal when the main reason for fever or infections or other reasons are well treated.
You can maintain the following things for your child’s pleasant feeling:
#Properly dress your child. It is very good attempt to wear child light and comfortable cloth, suitable for fever. Overdressing is harmful to child health. The best practice is to wear a single layer of cloth and cover your child with a light blanket.
#Provide sufficient amount of water , liquids, and juice. It is essential to keep your child hydrated. Dehydration causes various other health complications.
#Avoid cool bath. Hot or warm bath is useful for fever because cold bath only chills skin but it is not useful for minimizing the temperature of the body.
#Keep child cold and comfortable as much as possible.
#Keep the room temperature pleasant and suitable for fever. Too warm or too cool environment is not appreciable for fever.
#Observe any warning signals and consult with doctor urgently.
#Placing cold and wet clothes on child’s forehead , wrists.
# A sponge bath in hot water will minimize fever. It is strictly recommended not to use alcohol in a bath as a method of fever reducer.
# Provide liquid Paracetamol in perfect and suggested dose. Overdosage of medicines is harmful. It may even cause liver damage. It is also essential to maintain proper timing of medicines.
#It is strongly discouraged to supply Aspirin to your child. It may cause dangerous disease or even may promote death in children with chicken pox or flu signs.
Prevention Of Fever in Children: Prevention is better than cure or treatment. Some effective methods to obstruct the expansion of viruses or bacteria includes:
#Maintain hygienic lifestyle.
#Wash hands properly with soap.
#Cover your Child’s face with cloth when coughing or sneezing to preventing germs.
#Encourage to eat healthy and perfect foods especially lots of fruits and vegetable according to the age of the child.
#Ensure sufficient sleep.
#Make food with washed and clear hand.
#Immunize child properly.
In reality, fever is the most familiar disease in children. Most of the time viral infections the prime reason for fever in children. Providing enough liquid is very important. Most of the time parents need not be very worried for fever in children, but you must observe the warning signs of fever.