Fever is a very common symptom in children. We’ve all experienced fever in some shape or form whether in our children or in ourselves as adults. It can be a worrying time, especially when you see a little one suffering or when temperature readings are high. But what’s often more alarming can be information overload and the conflicting advice on how best to manage a fever.
So where do you start if you suspect a fever? Going back to fever basics, it is important that you monitor and record your child’s fever by taking their temperature on a regular basis. By accurately monitoring your child’s temperature, you can keep track of how it develops and evolves over time. This will allow you to act accordingly and respond appropriately, whether that’s to treat a family member at home or seek medical help and advice if a temperature reading is high.
While fever is not an illness but one of the body’s natural defence mechanisms for fighting bacterial and viral infections, if your child is also presenting other symptoms such as unusual irritability, unresponsiveness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea, dry skin, unusual thirst, seizure, loss of appetite, or changes in activity, medical advice should be sought immediately, even if their temperature isn’t particularly high.
Braun shares its top tips for treating a fever
1) Fever is a natural response and is usually a sign that the body is fighting an infection. The majority of these infections are not serious so don’t be panicked that your child has a fever, as long as you know what is causing it.
2) Fever is rarely harmful in itself, although it can make your child feel unwell. So you don’t actually have to treat it unless it is to make your child more comfortable.
3) Make sure you know how to check temperature accurately and get your child used to it too. Making it into a fun game can save you lots of hassle, especially when they are not feeling well!
4) If your child is hot, reduce the number of layers they are wearing to help them cool down. Also, cover them in a light sheet at night when they go to bed.
5) Offer children cool drinks or even ice lollies when they are bothered by fever. This is a great way to help them feel more comfortable whilst keeping them hydrated.
6) Babies primarily lose heat through their heads, so when they are hot make sure their head is uncovered. Babies may also feed more for both comfort and hydration.
7) Reduce the temperature of the room that your child is in, so turn down the heating or open some windows. However, it shouldn’t be so cold that it is uncomfortable!
8) Try not to use a fan to cool your child down. This may cause shivering, which raises your temperature, or could cool them down too much.
9) There are medicines that can help to reduce your child’s temperature. Make sure you always follow the dosage instructions, or check with a healthcare professional if you are unsure.
10) You should seek medical advice if: your child is under 3 months’ age and has a temperature over 37.4 degrees, is 3-36 months’ age and has a temperature over 38.5 degrees, or if they have any other worrying signs (such as a rash, floppiness, drowsiness or signs of dehydration). Any child with a fever that lasts more than 5 days should also be checked.
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