Posted on Aug 11, 2008 | Comments 0
Fever in the child strikes fear in many parentsâ€™ hearts.
If the child has high fever, parents may get shock that if their child gets an attack or the fever cooks the childâ€™s brain and makes permanent damage.
Perhaps, fever is the most misinterpreted symptom in all of medicine.
But, you need to know the proper method in order to treat the childâ€™s fever and when you should contact your practitioner.
Generally, fever is the bodyâ€™s normal reaction to infection. Every person has an internal thermostat which controls their bodyâ€™s temperature.
Whenever an infection exists, some chemicals produce in your body which can affect and reset the thermostat to a higher temperature.
This aids in explaining the chills that your child may experience when his/her temperature increases. So, the baby feels cold whenever his body wants to be at higher temperature. Once the fever breaks, the internal thermostat is turned down to normal.
If you understand how the fever comes, then it greatly helps you to treat the sweats and chills that accompany with illness.
Treating the childâ€™s fever:
If your child has high fever or if he feels uncomfortable with the fever, then you need to go ahead and treat the illness.
You can use the drug called as acetaminophen. But, donâ€™t give aspirin to your child. If you use aspirin to your child when he has viral disease, it can lead to serious condition called as Reye syndrome.
You can find acetaminophen in various names. Acetaminophen for children can come in various forms like liquid, syrup and chewable tablets. The dosage of the drugs along with the acetaminophen is estimated based on your childâ€™s weight.
Carefully read the package details and make sure that you carefully understand them before administering to your child. Once consult your doctor or pharmacist to know about the details correctly.
If the childâ€™s fever is very high, then sponge bath is needed to lower the temperature. But, once check with your doctor. If you want to sponge bath your child, then make sure that you use tepid water. Bath your child for 15-20 minutes and for every two hours. Remember that sponge bath is essential whenever the temperature is very high. If your child shivers or gets goosebumps, then stop bathing.
Avoid using rubbing alcohol, because inhaled fumes can lead to other damage to the health. Donâ€™t use ice water to bath your child.
These tips can help you next time when your child is sick.
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