Fever Signs and How to Tell if Your Child in real sense has Fever
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. This article is particularly concerned with giving some questions and answers to the same in order to help parents handle the panic that often sets in when a child is caught in 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. You can take the body temperature by using a thermometer. Even though fevers are at times helpful in the fact that they can help you fight infections, when they go above the normal, you will find them causing you worries and making the child a lot uncomfortable.
The next question many will ask is how to tell if their child has fever. You will see a variety of changes in the child’s behavior in a child who has caught fever and as well they will manifest a rise in the body temperature evidenced in feeling quite hot beyond the normal. 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. When you are diagnosing the case in the older babies and toddlers, you will note the signs such as feelings of being less energetic and being cranky more than is often with them. The fever has as well an impact on their appetite and they will lose the appetite and they will be especially thirsty. Irritability and feeling withdrawn out of lack of interest in most of their activities is yet another sign of fever in the toddlers and the older babies. The other sign of fever in children is extreme sleepiness or trouble getting to sleep. The children over the age of two years will tell the signs of fever in symptoms such as their complaints of chills and or pains all over the body, asking for a lot of fluids, and when they become whiny and highly irritable. Should you see any of these signs in your young one, you will be good taking and noting their body temperature and tell if they could be catching or have caught a fever.
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.