What are the parents fears from fever?|
The main fear of parents is from Brain damage & Seizures:
What's the best way to take my child's temperature?
- First brain damage will not occur unless the fever is over (42°C).
- Second seizures About 3-5% of otherwise healthy
children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years will have a seizure caused by a fever.
The quickness of the rise in temperature, not the actual height of the fever, which
appears to trigger the seizures. The seizure is often the first sign of a fever. simple
febrile seizures are harmless. There is no evidence that simple febrile seizures cause
death, brain damage, epilepsy, mental retardation, a decrease in IQ, or learning
The best ways
The worse ways
touching the forehead or using Fever strips on the child's forehead both are not accurate.
For children under 2, you can check by doing an axillary temperature and do a rectal temperature if there is a fever,
in order to get an accurate measurement.
How we will try to lower child's fever?
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are medicines that relieve pain and lower fever.
N.B Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen and a Lukewarm bath may help lower a fever.
Give the medicine before the bath. If the bath is given alone, your child may start shivering as his or her body tries to raise
its temperature again. This may make your child feel worse.
*Give your child plenty to drink to prevent dehydration.
*Prevent your child from moving around, *Moving around can raise the temperature more.
*Keep room temperature between 21°C & 23°C
*Don't over bundle your child. Dress your child in light cotton pajamas so that body heat can escape.
*We can use extra blanket when child chill.