What Does It Mean When There Is A Fever In Your Child

Sometimes mothers automatically assume the child has an infection when there is a fever in their child, this is not always true, other things may be contributing to the elevation in temperature...

Often, when we notice our child has a fever, we begin to worry, sometimes unnecessarily. It usually means only that the child's immune system is functioning as it is programmed to do. The fever indicates their body is at work guarding against infection. However, this is a symptom that should be taken into consideration. You may want to alert your child's physician.

Body temperature will fluctuate during the day and this is typical. Several things can change our body temperature, the weather, the intake of warm or hot liquids, intense activity, and overdressing are some of the factors influencing our temperature.

Where you check for temperature is a consideration also, in the mouth, under the armpit, or in the rectum. According to the Mayo Clinic, the temperature should be considered as a range of normal, rather than a certain number. They note that a normal rectal temperature for infants range from 98.2 to above 100.4 and for a child of any age "normal" is a temperature above 100.4 degrees by rectum or 99.5 by mouth.

Sometimes other indications of illness will be present when your child has fever. Look for these signs and let your physician know.

The child is refusing food.

Has any abdominal pain or is vomiting.

Is fussy or cranky.

Complains of pain when urinating.

Rubs ear or states that his or her ear "hurts."

Appears to have some difficulty getting enough air.

Difficulty swallowing.

Complains of throat being sore.

Cries and will not be comforted.

Has a headache.

Sleeps more than usual.

How do I know when to call the doctor?

If you have given your child acetaminophen for up to three days and yet the fever continues, along with other indications of sickness. If you child has a temperature of 104 degrees or more per rectal thermometer. Alternatively, call your physician if your infant has a temperature of 101 degrees per rectum with other signs of illness. It is of utmost importance to give a fever-ridden child plenty of fluids. Encouraging them to drink liquids will help to prevent dehydration

It is not recommended that you give your child aspirin. Aspirin has been related to Reye's syndrome, which is a very serious illness in children. Acetaminophen is the medication of choice for children. Read the labels carefully and follow directions diligently.

Soothe your child, add extra blankets if he or she is cold, or remove layers of clothing if too warm. A bath with lukewarm water is comforting and effectual with fever.

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