Child Fever-Tips to Help You Figure it Out
Children are often rushed to emergency rooms for cases of fever. We do not find this not a 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 using a thermometer. 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. When you are diagnosing the case in the older babies and toddlers, you will note the signs such as feelings of being less energetic and being cranky more than is often with them. The toddler will as well be thirsting a lot and will have a lowered appetite. Irritability and feeling withdrawn out of lack of interest in most of their activities is yet another sign of fever in the toddlers and the older babies. They will as well show the signs in troubles falling asleep or being unusually sleepy. 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. Should you see any of these signs in your young one, you will be good taking and noting their body temperature and tell if they could be catching or have caught a fever.
The next question we will answer is how to take the body temperature. There are certainly a number of thermometers available in the drug stores which will be used for the taking of body temperature and as such you will feel confused when you will need to have a choice of these.