How to Tell of a Fever with Your Young One
Children are often rushed to emergency rooms for cases of fever. This is so common and we actually don’t feel surprised by this fact. Fevers are actually some of the common problems with children and will be often causing a frightening feeling to the parents and the child. 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.
Question number one, “What is fever?”. Generally, a fever is defined as a body temperature that is higher than normal. You can take the body temperature by 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.
You may be asking yourself the question of how do you know your son or daughter has caught 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. With the newborn child, the first sign after an attack following the rise in temperature, will be the refusal to feed, either by breast or bottle and will as well be a lot more sleepy and fussy than is their usual case. 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. The fever has as well an impact on their appetite and they will lose the appetite and they will be especially thirsty. Irritability and feeling withdrawn out of lack of interest in most of their activities is yet another sign of fever in the toddlers and the older babies. They will as well show the signs in troubles falling asleep or being unusually sleepy. 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 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.