A child will always be taken in for medical care for the reasons for catching a fever. This comes as no surprise anyway. 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 other concern with many parents is how to know for sure that the child indeed 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. 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. A toddler will as well give signs of listlessness and lack of interest in several activities as another sign of fever attack in them. 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 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.