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Infant fever is a natural response of the body to an infection, disease or virus. That is why it is not bad. What's more: it is actually an ally of the body against disease. The defenses fight against the 'intruders' and at that moment the body temperature rises.
Many pediatricians defend that we should let the body 'fight' during this feverish period, as long as we watch our child well and take care of him properly.
It is time for the flu and colds, therefore also for fever. But don't panic: we explain what exactly infant fever is and how to treat it in children older than 2 years. Find out here what theirsymptoms and their treatment.
It is something that scares parents very much, and yet fever is a natural response of the body to a cold, a viral illness or an infection. It warns us that at that moment our son's defenses are fighting against 'undesirable intruders'. But how do you know when a child has a fever? You will easily recognize a fever in your child because the symptoms are usually quite clear and visible. Among them, the most common are these:
- Your forehead and hands are warmer than usual
- Appears off and more tired than usual
- Does not want to play
- lose your appetite
- Has chills
- Feel drowsy
- His eyes are more charged, red and bright
When in doubt, it is best to check if you have a fever. and most importantly: how much fever you have. For that, you will have to use the thermometer. You can measure the fever in different parts of the body. The most normal thing is that you put the thermometer under the armpit. If you do it directly in the mouth or in the year, remember that it usually gives half a point above your actual body temperature.
We speak of fever when the child's temperature exceeds 37.5ºC in the armpit or 38ºC if you measure in the mouth or anus. In this case it is a mild fever or low-grade fever. From 38 ºC (measurement in the armpit) we can speak of a moderate fever and if it exceeds 39ºC we speak of a high fever.
When a child has a fever, it is normal for them to be more irritable, tired and unwilling to do any physical or intellectual activity. The best thing is to rest. We give you some tips to act against infant fever:
- Make sure rest and do not do any physical activity.
- If you lie down, don't overcoat him. This can contribute to an increase in body temperature.
- It is not good for the child with a fever to sweat. That is a very widespread myth. Dress your child in light cotton clothing so that the skin can breathe better.
- Make sure he drinks a lot. During the feverish period, children lose a lot of water, and the danger of dehydration increases. The way to avoid it is to offer it more water and liquid food.
- Don't force your child to eat. One of the symptoms of fever is loss of appetite. Maybe it's because at that moment what your child needs the most is liquid. The body is wise. If your child does not want to eat, listen to him.
- Give him lots of pampering and attention. Children need more love when they feel down. They do not understand what is happening to them. They feel bad and cannot understand why. You must be by his side, pamper him and encourage him. nor can you imagine what affection can do for him at that moment.
Colds, viral illnesses, or infections. These are the most common causes of fever in children. And yes, a simple cold can cause fever, especially in cases where it affects the respiratory tract. In that case, it is advisable to consult with your pediatrician, as it may be an indication of an infection that must be stopped with some 'extra help'.
The tonsillitis, gastroenteritis or bronchiolitis they can also cause fever. In any case, when the fever exceeds three days, you should consult your doctor, since in some cases, the febrile process is a symptom of an illness that may require additional treatment. The pediatrician is the only one capable of assessing whether your child needs help or not.
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