Most parents go through the experience of taking care of their child suffering from a fever. Fever is a condition wherein the body is at an abnormally high temperature. The normal body temperature is around 37 degrees Celsius although there may be slight variations ranging from 36.5 to 37.5 degrees Celsius. Body temperature is usually measured by placing a thermometer in the mouth, armpit or the child’s bottom. Rectal temperature is deemed as the most accurate of them all. Fever is not a disease in itself, but it is oftentimes an indicator of the real disease.
What Causes Fever?
There are several factors and conditions which can cause fever. Some of these are having malaria, viral infections such as diarrhea, flu and common cold, bacterial infections, pneumonia, meningitis, tumors and many more. Fever may cause you worries, but you should know that not all kinds of fever should lead you to bringing your child to the hospital. Most fevers caused by viral infections can heal in two to three days.
What’s Considered High Fever?
If your child has a fever higher than 39 degrees Celsius, then it’s time to bring her to the hospital. Any fever higher than 42 degrees Celsius is very dangerous especially to babies. Excessively high body temperature can harm the baby’s brain, thus an immediate action on this is crucial. This kind of extremely high fever can lead to convulsions.
Try to keep the temperature of your child lower by reducing the layers of her clothes and sponge bathing with tepid water. There are also some home remedies that you can use to lower the fever, such as taking off most of her clothes to reduce heat, giving her a sponge bath and having your child drink a lot of fluids such as water and fruit juice to keep her well-hydrated. When dehydrated, the temperature of her body may increase even higher.
You can also go to the doctor for some prescriptions of medicine such as paracetamol. As much as possible, do not use aspirin to lower your child’s fever. You can also try your child from getting fever in the first place by preventing any type of infection.