Fever in Your Child
Fever in Your Child, every child will experience a fever at one time or another. Fevers are very common but are no less distressing for parents to deal with when they occur. Fortunately, most of the time, fevers come and go without causing severe damage, though this isn’t always the case. A fever that gets too high or that is uncontrolled can cause serious health problems, including seizures.
Body Temperature and Fever
A fever is defined as having a rectal temperature of more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This figure is a bit lower for temperatures taken orally. In addition to the definition varying based on where the temperature is taken, each person’s natural body temperature will need to be taken into consideration. Individuals, whose body temperature is naturally low, may indeed have a temperature even it doesn’t meet the standard definition for one. Parents should know what’s normal for their children, regarding body temperature so that they can definitively determine whether or not their child has a temperature and if it’s cause for alarm.
Fever in Your Child is not considered to be life-threatening unless they are very high and uncontrollable. For instance, rectal thermometer reading of 107 degrees Fahrenheit or higher would be extremely alarming and cause for a visit to an emergency room. For children, the ceiling is much lower. A call to one's pediatrician may be warranted for a baby who has a temperature of more than 100-103 degrees Fahrenheit. He or she will be able to recommend whether or not it’s necessary for the parent to bring the child to the doctor.
Illness and Infection
A fever may indicate that a child is fighting a severe illness. It could also mean that they have a common, run-of-the-mill infection. The latter is no cause for alarm. Body temperature increases when an attempt is being made to fight off disease.
Fever in Your Child will typically exhibit a few tell-tale symptoms. Frequently these are obvious, but sometimes they are not. When a child is older, they can tell their parents how they feel. Parents of infants and children who are unable to talk must pay a little more attention and be on the lookout for indications of distress and illness. Infants who have a fever often become irritable, fussy, quiet and lethargic. They may lose their appetite and cry a lot. They may also feel warm or hot to the touch and begin to breathe rapidly. If the fever gets too high, an infant or child may start to have seizures. If the latter occurs, medical attention should be secured immediately.
Temperatures that are in the “safe” range can often be controlled with Acetaminophen (Children’s Tylenol) and ibuprofen. Either of these medications can be found at a local grocery store and should be used according to the guidance printed on the packaging.