Children are often rushed to emergency rooms for cases of fever. This comes as no surprise anyway. Fevers are quite common in children and as well frightening to child and parent alike. 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.
The first question we may find resourceful for answering is a definition of what fever is in real sense. Fever is when the child has a body temperature which rises just above the normal 37 degrees. You can take the body temperature by using a thermometer. 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. 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. The older babies and the toddlers, note the signs in increased crankiness and being less energetic and interested in so many things as is the norm. The toddler will as well be thirsting a lot and will have a lowered appetite. A toddler will as well give signs of listlessness and lack of interest in several activities as another sign of fever attack in them. The other sign of fever in children is extreme sleepiness or trouble getting to sleep. 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. You may find it a bit confused when you come to the point of deciding which thermometer for the task as there are quite a number of the thermometer tools for doing this available I the drug stores around you.