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How to Tell of a Fever with Your Young One

Fever is always one of the reasons why we have our children taken to the emergency rooms. 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. 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?”. Generally, a fever is defined as a body temperature that is higher than normal. Body temperature is taken 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. Fever quite as well destroys a child’s appetite and they will have an extreme feeling of thirst. A toddler will as well give signs of listlessness and lack of interest in several activities as another sign of fever attack in them. They will as well show the signs in troubles falling asleep or being unusually sleepy. The children over the age of two years will tell the signs of fever in symptoms such as their complaints of chills and or pains all over the body, asking for a lot of fluids, and when they become whiny and highly irritable. 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.