Fever is always one of the reasons why we have our children taken to the emergency rooms. This is so common and we actually don’t feel surprised by this fact. Fevers are quite common in children and as well frightening to child and parent alike. Below are some of the questions and answers which will be of course quite resourceful to parents as they seek to deal with the feeling of overwhelming confusion that often follows when a child catches fever.
Question number one, “What is fever?”. Fever is when the child has a body temperature which rises just above the normal 37 degrees. You can take the body temperature by the use of the body temperature thermometers. In as much they are good at helping the child fight certain kinds of infections, when they get beyond the normal fevers can start to get you worrying and uncomfortable more so when you consider how old the child happens to be.
The next question many will ask is how to tell if their child has fever. Depending on age, a child with fever will show certain changes in their body and will feel hot. 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. You will as well be able to tell of a fever in your toddler when they particular exhibit signs of listlessness and lack of interest in so much of their fun activities. The other sign of fever in children is extreme sleepiness or trouble getting to sleep. Look out for the signs of fever in your child age above 2 when you see them feeling tired and being unusually whining, when they are asking for drinks than is usual and complain of chills and or pains in their body. If your child happens to get you any of the above mentioned signs, don’t hesitate with taking their body temperatures.
The next question we will answer is how to take the body temperature. 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.