Fever in children: When you worry, time to relax

Fever in children When you worry time to relax

Fever can be a very frightening thing for parents, particularly first-time moms and dads. All children eventually experience a fever, no matter how careful you are.

It is important that parents know what to do when that happens. First, some tips for measuring the temperature of your child:

  • A variety of thermometers are available, standard oral thermometers newer scanners temporal artery. You can use any of these devices, but a digital thermometer is usually all you need.
  • It is more accurate to use a rectal thermometer for infants and young children. If you feel uncomfortable doing this, using any device makes it more comfortable. In older children, it is more accurate, if the child is able to tolerate an oral temperature.

To remain calm

What is fever? We define a fever as a temperature over 100.4 F (38.0 C). Normal body temperature is 98.6 F (37 ° C). Body temperature varies throughout the day and may differ by age, activity level and other factors. Do not be alarmed if your child’s temperature varies. The magic number for fever is 100.4 F.

When you should not worry about your child’s fever? We tend not to worry:

  • Fever within five days if their behavior is relatively normal. You do not have to worry if your child continues to be playful and eat and drink normally. (He or she may seem more tired than usual).
  • Temperatures up to 102.5 F if your child is 3 months to 3 years of age, or up to 103 F if your child is older. These temperatures may be common, but not necessarily worrying.
  • Mild fever if your infant or child was recently vaccinated. These may be normal if lasting less than 48 hours.

When you call your doctor

For the important question: When should I be worried about a fever? Call a doctor if:

  • A child younger than 3 months of age develop a fever. Fever may be the only response of the child to a serious illness.
  • Your child’s fever lasts more than five days. We need more research to the underlying causes.
  • Your child’s fever is over 104 ° F (& gt; 40 ° C).
  • Your child’s fever does not come with antipyretics.
  • Your child is not acting himself or herself, it is difficult to wake up, or not drinking enough fluids. Babies who are not wetting at least four diapers a day and older children who are not urinating every 8-12 hours can become dangerously dehydrated.
  • His son was recently vaccinated and has a temperature above are F or fever for more than 48 hours.
  • Concerned. If you are uncomfortable with the temperature or the illness of his son, call your doctor or nurse practitioner to discuss it.

What if an attack occurs

Seizures are a very scary side effect of fever in some children. “Febrile seizures” occur in 2-4 percent of all children under 5 years. Not all seizures cause sudden movements in the body. Some seizures appear to “hang.” If your child has a seizure:

  • Put your child to his side.
  • Do not put anything in your child’s mouth.
  • Call 911 if the seizure lasts more than five minutes.

If the seizure lasts less than five minutes, call your doctor or seek immediate medical attention.

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