Fever Signs and How to Tell if Your Child in real sense has Fever
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. 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.
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. 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. Fever has its first sign on children in feeling hot and there will as well be certain changes in their behavior all varied as per their ages. For the newborns, they will feel a lot fussier and sleepier than is the normal and will refuse to breastfeed or even the bottle. 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 Irritability and feeling withdrawn out of lack of interest in most of their activities is yet another sign of fever in the toddlers and the older babies. Fever is as well manifest in children when they have a trouble falling asleep or being more sleepy than normal. Look out for the signs of fever in your child age above 2 when you see them feeling tired and being unusually whining, when they are asking for drinks than is usual and complain of chills and or pains in their body. If you happen to note any of these signs in your child, then it is time to take their body temperature.
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.