Children's health

A Fever in Children


A fever in children - what to do if your child's temperature

The increased body temperature (fever) is one of the most early and common symptoms of many acute and many chronic diseases of children. Depending on the reasons causing the fever, the child’s age and other factors, the fever may be different.

According to the degree of fever distinguish low grade (from 37 to 38°C, moderate (from 38 to 39°C), high (39 to 41°C) and over, or giperbaricescuu fever (over 41°C). Young children usually can easily tolerate the rise of temperature, which often increases them to high numbers from even the most minor of reasons. So, for example, banal ARVI in adults is accompanied by fever up to 38 – 38,5°C degrees, and babies causes drastic temperature rises to 39-40°C.

It should be understood that when the temperature is too high the body violated the metabolic processes and it becomes impossible to work of organs and systems. However, the absence of fever in infectious process indicates the decrease reactivity (i.e., about the lack of ability to resist infection).

Symptoms of high body temperature in a child

To measure daily temperature in healthy children is not necessary. Already in appearance of the child and his behavior is almost always easy to suspect raising his temperature baby’s health worsens, anxiety, lethargy, moodiness, loss of appetite or refusal to eat. Depending on the type of the fever, the baby’s skin may be hot and red, or pale and cool. Often the temperature increase is accompanied by thirst. In young children a high fever, sometimes accompanied by convulsions.

Causes of high fever in child

Causes of high fever in childThere are many diseases that occur with a fever. The most common are viral and bacterial diseases. And for each infection has different types of fever. The body temperature can rise in allergic reactions, systemic connective tissue diseases, tumors, and endocrine pathology. Note that in children, the mechanism of thermoregulation is not completely formed. Therefore, when the overheating temperature can easily rise. This applies both to over-wrap and dress up, and a bright hot sun.

Self-treatment high body temperature

Body temperature to 37°C should not cause you anxiety. If you measured the temperature and it was low-grade (below 38°C), should regularly measure it. A doctor was called to the house when the temperature rises above 37.5 – 38°C. the Temperature above 38°,5C must be reduced before the doctor. Suitable preparations containing paracetamol (Panadol for children, children’s Tylenol, Tylenol for infants), Ibuprofen (Nurofen for children) or Metamizole sodium (Analgin). It comes in the form of syrups with different flavors, tablets and rectal suppositories. You will choose the option that your child will enjoy. Often need to drink of the patient, to make timely change of clothes, scars the skin is consistently wet and dry towels. Of fever should not wrap up the child, it contributes to greater overheat and the temperature rise. The room in which the febrile patients should be well ventilated and have a constant flow of fresh air.

Remember that the temperature is below 38°C in good health and take no need, as in infectious diseases temperature reactions are protective and adaptive nature. However, you should consult a doctor if a low-grade fever lasts for several days.

In no case do not give your child drugs containing acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin). Without prescription do not give your child any antibiotics.

If you notice your child has seizures, proceed as follows: try to lay the baby on a soft bed or the carpet so that he could not hit his head or other body parts, turn his head to the side (prevention of collapse of the language in which the baby can suffocate) and immediately call an ambulance. If your child during fever already had a seizure, even a temperature of 37.5°C should be reduced.

Clinical treatment of high body temperature
After detailed questioning and examination, the doctor or prescribe therapy or refer the child for additional tests. Depending on the causes of fever treatment would be totally different, so you should not self-medicate or wait until the temperature itself.