How to Tell of a Fever with Your Young One
Children are often rushed to emergency rooms for cases of fever. This comes as no surprise anyway. Childhood is often occasioned with a lot of fevers and are also quite fearful to the child and the parents all the same. This article is particularly concerned with giving some questions and answers to the same in order to help parents handle the panic that often sets in when a child is caught in fever.
First and foremost, let us see what fever actually is. Generally, a fever is defined as a body temperature that is higher than normal. You can take the body temperature by the use of the body temperature thermometers. 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.
The other concern with many parents is how to know for sure that the child indeed has fever. Fever has its first sign on children in feeling hot and there will as well be certain changes in their behavior all varied as per their ages. 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. For the older babies, you will find them a lot cranky and less energetic as compared to the normal. The fever has as well an impact on their appetite and they will lose the appetite and they will be especially thirsty. A toddler will as well give signs of listlessness and lack of interest in several activities as another sign of fever attack in them. Fever is as well manifest in children when they have a trouble falling asleep or being more sleepy than normal. For the children over two years, they will be whiny and ever feeling tired, ask for drinks more often, and at sometime complain of aches all over or feeling chilly. If you happen to note any of these signs in your child, then it is time to take their body temperature.
The steps to taking the body temperature will be the next item we will be looking at. There are several kinds of temperature taking tools, thermometers, which will be available in drug stores and as such you will be confused as to which one will be the best shot for you to help you take your child’s body temperature.