FEVER IN CHILDREN, HOW TO CONTROL IT?
One of the fears of parenting is when children start to get sick. But if you are a new parent, your nerves can be won by not knowing what to do. Fever is one of the most frequent situations that parents will have with their children.
Fever happens when there is an infection in the body and the body is fighting. This can be due to a virus, viral disease or even the reaction of a vaccine. That is why fever is not considered a disease, but rather a reaction and a sign that everything is going well in your child’s body.
HOW CAN WE LOWER THE TEMPERATURE OF CHILDREN?
If you notice that your child has a fever, before doing something, you have to evaluate how the child is. Are you without strength? dehydrated? Is the fever above 38.5 degrees? If so, then if it is a fever. If you notice that your child, despite having a fever, plays and does not feel affected, it is very likely that he does not need painkillers, since treating him will not cure anything. But if the fever takes you by surprise, whether it catches you in the middle of the night, you can try the following home methods to lower the temperature before administering any medication.
- Remove the child’s clothing to prevent the temperature from rising further.
- Keep the child in a well-ventilated room that is free from drafts. About 21 degrees would be fine.
- Using wet washcloths or bathing your child could backfire, as the fever can drop abruptly and that can be dangerous.
- Give him plenty of fluids to drink to make up for the loss caused by sweating.
- Fever medications should only be given if there is pain or discomfort. Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used.
If the problem persists, you should immediately see a doctor. Since a fever over 40 degrees can cause seizures, stiff neck, or shortness of breath.