Childhood fever is a natural response of the body to an infection, disease or virus. That's why it's not bad. It is more: in fact it is an ally of the body against diseases. The defenses fight against the 'intruders' and at that moment the body temperature increases. Many pediatricians defend that w
Childhood fever is a natural response of the body to an infection, disease or virus. That's why it's not bad. It is more: in fact it is an ally of the body against diseases. The defenses fight against the 'intruders' and at that moment the body temperature increases.
Many pediatricians defend that we must let the body 'fight' during this feverish period, as long as we watch our son well and treat him properly.
It is time for flu and colds, therefore, also fever. But do not be scared: we explain what exactly is childhood fever and how to treat it in children over 2 years. Discover here what yoursymptoms are and their treatment.
Symptoms of childhood fever: how to know if a child has a fever
It is something that scares parents a lot, and yet, fever is a natural response of the body to a cold, a viral illness or an infection. It warns us that at that moment our son's defenses are fighting against 'undesirable intruders'. But how do you know when a child has a fever? You will easily recognize the fever in your child because the symptoms are usually quite clear and visible. Among them, the most common are these:
- Your forehead and hands are hotter than usual.
- He shows off and more tired than usual.
- He does not want to play.
- Loses appetite.
- He has chills.
- You feel drowsy.
- His eyes are more charged, red and bright.
If you have any doubt, it is best to check if you have a fever. and most importantly: how much fever you have. For that, you must use the thermometer. You can measure fever in different parts of the body. The most normal thing is that you put the thermometer under the armpit. If you do it directly in your mouth or in the year, remember that you usually give half a point above your actual body temperature.
We talk about fever when the temperature of the child exceeds 37.5 ºC in the armpit or 38 ºC if you do the measurement in the mouth or in the anus. In this case it is a mild fever or low-grade fever. From 38 ºC (measurement in the armpit) we can speak of moderate fever and if it exceeds 39ºC we already speak of high fever.
Tips for treating childhood fevers: how to help children with a fever
When a child has a fever, it is normal to be more irritable, tired and not willing to do any physical or intellectual activity. The best thing is to rest. We give you some tips to act against childhood fever:
- Try to rest and do not do any physical activity.
- If he goes to bed, do not wrap him too much. This can contribute to an increase in body temperature.
- It is not good for the child with fever to sweat. That is a widespread myth. Dress your child with light cotton clothing so that the skin can perspire better.
- Try to drink a lot. During the febrile period, children lose a lot of water, and the danger of dehydration increases. The way to avoid it is to offer it more water and liquid food.
- Do not force your child to eat. One of the symptoms of fever is the loss of appetite. Maybe it's because at that moment what your child needs most is liquid. The body is wise. If your child does not want to eat, listen to him. Ded - Devote lots of pampering and attention. Children need more affection when they feel down. They do not understand what happens to them. They feel bad and can not understand why. You must be by his side, pamper him and give him encouragement. you can not imagine what love can do for him at that moment.
What diseases cause fever in children
Colds, viral diseases or infections. These are the most common causes of fever in children. And yes, a simple cold can cause fever, especially in cases where it affects the respiratory tract. In that case, it is advisable to consult with the pediatrician, since it can be an indication of an infection that has to be stopped with some 'extra help'.
Tonsillitis, gastroenteritis or bronchiolitis can also cause fever. In any case, when the fever exceeds three days, you should consult with the doctor, because in some cases, the febrile process is a symptom of a disease that may require some additional treatment. The pediatrician is the only one able to assess whether your child needs help or not.