Fever is always one of the reasons why we have our children taken to the emergency rooms. This comes as no surprise anyway. Fevers are actually some of the common problems with children and will be often causing a frightening feeling to the parents and the child. 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.
Question number one, “What is fever?”. 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. 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.
You may be asking yourself the question of how do you know your son or daughter has caught fever. Depending on age, a child with fever will show certain changes in their body and will feel hot. Th newborns are always seen when they have fever to be quite sleepy more than normal and will as well reject the breast and the bottle. For the older babies, you will find them a lot cranky and less energetic as compared to the normal. The toddler will as well be thirsting a lot and will have a lowered appetite. Irritability and feeling withdrawn out of lack of interest in most of their activities is yet another sign of fever in the toddlers and the older babies. Fever is as well manifest in children when they have a trouble falling asleep or being more sleepy than normal. 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. If your child happens to get you any of the above mentioned signs, don’t hesitate with taking their body temperatures.
The next question we will answer is how to take the body temperature. 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.