Fever is always one of the reasons why we have our children taken to the emergency rooms. 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.
Question number one, “What is fever?”. Generally, a fever is defined as a body temperature that is higher than normal. 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.
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. 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. Irritability and feeling withdrawn out of lack of interest in most of their activities is yet another sign of fever in the toddlers and the older babies.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. If you happen to note any of these signs in your child, then it is time to take their body temperature.
The next question we will answer is how to take the body temperature. There are certainly a number of thermometers available in the drug stores which will be used for the taking of body temperature and as such you will feel confused when you will need to have a choice of these.