Some parents are often confused when they discover their child had an increase in body temperature. Anxiety experienced by parents sometimes cause some excessive actions in the treatment of fever. Though fever is a mechanism that occurs in the body in overcoming the infection.
You do not need to worry when a child has a fever, you first need to know the cause of fever in children. Excessive handling of the child’s fever, for example immediately given antibiotics and immediately do blood checks instead often harm children compared with eliminating fever in children.
Fever is not harmful as long as it does not cause dehydration, decreased consciousness or seizures. Fever can be a sign of the body’s defense, which occurs due to a foreign object in the body system, such as your child’s fever after immunization is given. It is a condition that does not require medical treatment. In addition, fever can also be caused due to a virus that enters the body. One of the symptoms that appear are lethargic and do not have a passion for playing. Viral infections characterized by coughing, runny nose or diarrhea without blood. Characteristic of fever infection caused by the virus are high fever on days 1-2 days. Usually, on days 4-5 rising but not as high as on the first day, generally at 6-7 days to be recovered in accordance with the previous conditions, resulting in handling infected fever viruses do not require antibiotics or blood checks.
Here are some first aid measures while our children are fever:
- Compress with warm water – If the cause of the fever is a viral infection, you can provide first aid by way of compress use warm water, remember! with WARM WATER (not cold water especially ice water). Warm water can be directly in the center of the body so that it will lower the temperature automatically. You can also use plaster compress often easily found in the market.
- Always check the temperature of the body – You can control the child’s body temperature using a thermometer, the temperature is normal in children ranges between 36-37 degrees Celsius, so that if your child has a higher body temperature of 37 degrees, the light therapy can be given in advance, for example, with many drink plenty of water so that your child is not enough fluid. Always control your child’s body heat not to cross the threshold of the child’s endurance is about 39 degrees Celsius, although each child thresholds vary durability. Because if it gets past the threshold of endurance child can cause the child to seizures.
- Give Febrifuge – We can provide special children’s fever medications according to age, one is to give paracetamol. Febrifuge paracetamol is considered to have low side effects on the body of the child. Even so, we recommend you read the instructions for use and the advice of a doctor so as not to run the risk of impaired liver function when given at a dose that is not right.
- Doctors Handling – If the child/baby fever at the age of 3 months, body temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees Celsius should immediately consult a pediatrician. In addition, if the child’s fever with the conditions of his urine thick and legs often driven, one possible cause could be due to a urinary tract infection or a fever that does not go down and down for 3 days accompanied by bleeding or red spots should immediately take your child to the doctor to perform medical check up.