It really is difficult to stay calm whenever your child or especially your baby suffers from a fever since we all know that fevers are usually the first symptoms of illnesses. However, parents should be relaxed and know the appropriate ways to treat a sick child.
What is Fever?
Fever is mostly mistaken by people as an illness. However, doctors say that whenever your child has fever instead of worrying too much you should be happy about it. Fever is a sign that the immune system is functioning well and fighting foreign bodies away from a person’s body. Since having a fever is most likely a treatment for an illness by increasing temperature to kill bacteria or viruses, it usually can be treated at home.
Look for other symptoms
Normal temperature for a child is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature reaches 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, then he or she has fever. Some symptoms associated with fever includes sweating due to high temperature, shivering, head and muscle aches, irritability, and loss of appetite. Some also becomes easily thirsty associated with increase heartbeat and breathing speed. These are due to the loss of fluid in the body. If some major symptoms occur such as stiffness of the back and neck, lethargy, sore throat, painful urination, or painful ears or stomach, then you must go to your doctor. These symptoms may be signs of a more serious illness that should be treated immediately in order to prevent more serious cases that could be fatal.
Fevers should be taken seriously but not too seriously. Parents panicking during these times are not of help. Proper knowledge and understanding will help the family to overcome these e kinds of obstacles. You will not only be saving your child, but also time and money.