Despite being an ally against infections, childhood fever is one of the symptoms that most frighten parents. From our Bebés blog, we bring you some tips to know how to act about it.
Child fever is one of the reasons for consultation in common, especially at this time of pediatrics. In general, it is thought that the cause of the fever is an infection. Although this is the case in many cases, the truth is that some rheumatic processes or conditions such as tonsillitis are other causes of childhood fever.
How to know if a child has a fever?
The child fever makes children feel upset. Although they are usually mild symptoms, the fact is that the child may be slightly moody.
In some cases, fever can be associated with tremors or chills , as body temperature changes. When they have a fever, you will notice that they feel warm to the touch. It is at that moment when you have to use the thermometer you have on hand.
In the case of a baby , the most accurate way to measure temperature is by inserting a thermometer into the anus. In the case of older children , we can measure it in the mouth. When in both cases it is at 37.5ºC, we can say that it has a fever. There are other methods to measure temperature, such as in the armpit (axillary temperature) or in the ear (tympanic temperature).
Approximately, 5% of children between 6 months and 6 years of age will experience an episode of tremor, called febrile seizures. In these cases, the child must receive medical supervision. In general, they do not involve any danger or brain damage.
If you want to know more about the origin of this condition, we recommend reading “ Causes of fever in the baby .”
What to do when a child has a fever?
To know what to do when a child has a fever, follow these steps:
-To soothe the typical headaches or muscles that are usually caused by tremors, the medicines that we can resort to are analgesics (ibuprofen or paracetamol) and with the appropriate doses for the child depending on their weight or age. It is necessary to go to your doctor so that he is the one who recommends what he can tolerate better. Both ibuprofen and acetaminophen will relieve pain and reduce childhood fever.
-It is convenient to keep our little dress with light garments. Most of the body heat is projected through the skin, so by wrapping it too much, we can contribute to increasing its temperature.
-The child’s fever will make you lose more fluids of the account, so it must be well hydrated . It is important to give liquids containing carbohydrates such as smoothies or fruit juices so that, in addition to incorporating the water you lose, obtain the necessary calories to continue working.
-In food , carbohydrates such as fruits, rice, pasta, biscuits or bread are a priority over those that are rich in protein or fat such as eggs, meat or fish.
-Although we can consider, it is not necessary to put cold cloths, although momentarily serve to lower the fever. If we shiver we have to warm him up and not leave him practically without clothes that can wrap him (although as we said, we should not abuse those that are very thick). This means that your hypothalamus requires you to increase body temperature and one of its mechanisms is the contraction of the muscles.
-If your child is younger than 3 months, the fever is higher than 40ºC, the child has a purple rash, does not retain fluids and is dehydrated, his skin is very pale, he has difficulty breathing or he cries continuously, some of them are the cases in which it is recommended that you go to a pediatrician.
What do you think about this information on how to act in cases of childhood fever ?