Child Fever-Tips to Help You Figure it Out
Children are often rushed to emergency rooms for cases of fever. This is so common and we actually don’t feel surprised by this fact. Childhood is often occasioned with a lot of fevers and are also quite fearful to the child and the parents all the same. Below are some of the questions and answers which will be of course quite resourceful to parents as they seek to deal with the feeling of overwhelming confusion that often follows when a child catches fever.
First and foremost, let us see what fever actually is. The child is said to have a fever when their body temperature is up on highs above the normal which is 37 degrees. Body temperature is taken using a thermometer. In as much they are good at helping the child fight certain kinds of infections, when they get beyond the normal fevers can start to get you worrying and uncomfortable more so when you consider how old the child happens to be.
You may be asking yourself the question of how do you know your son or daughter has caught fever. Fever has its first sign on children in feeling hot and there will as well be certain changes in their behavior all varied as per their ages. With the newborn child, the first sign after an attack following the rise in temperature, will be the refusal to feed, either by breast or bottle and will as well be a lot more sleepy and fussy than is their usual case. The older babies and the toddlers, note the signs in increased crankiness and being less energetic and interested in so many things as is the norm. Fever quite as well destroys a child’s appetite and they will have an extreme feeling of thirst. You will as well be able to tell of a fever in your toddler when they particular exhibit signs of listlessness and lack of interest in so much of their fun activities. They will as well show the signs in troubles falling asleep or being unusually sleepy. Look out for the signs of fever in your child age above 2 when you see them feeling tired and being unusually whining, when they are asking for drinks than is usual and complain of chills and or pains in their body. If you happen to note any of these signs in your child, then it is time to take their body temperature.
The steps to taking the body temperature will be the next item we will be looking at. You may find it a bit confused when you come to the point of deciding which thermometer for the task as there are quite a number of the thermometer tools for doing this available I the drug stores around you.