What to do if your child has a fever

Your fun and restless baby suddenly became lethargic and want to sleep? And kissing him, you felt it all burn? He had a fever and, of course, you start to worry. What can parents do to alleviate the condition of the child?

In our body for regulating the temperature meets the hypothalamus, located at the base of the brain. It works like a thermostat. When in the human body penetrate viruses and bacteria, the immune system begins to fight with them. In the blood produced substances, in response to which the hypothalamus is configured at a higher temperature. If the indicator thermometer is less than 38.3 degrees to reduce the temperature usually is not necessary, provided that your child feels tolerably and not prone to febrile seizures. Baby to be easier in his room should be cool, and wearing it should be easy. Avoid dehydration give him plenty of fluids - for example, fruit juice, water, soup. Drinks containing caffeine, it is better to avoid coffee, tea, Cola), as they can increase dehydration.

If breastfeeding, continue. Try to feed your child easy to digest food. The temperature of more than 38,5-38,9 degrees usually need to give antipyretic on the basis of paracetamol or ibuprofen. Aspirin is not recommended for temperature reduction for children up to 16 years, since its use can cause Reye's syndrome. It is important to know that antipyretic drugs do not kill viruses and bacteria, and not speed up the recovery, but only to facilitate the patient's condition. You can reduce the temperature by means of friction. Type in a tub of warm water a few inches, put in her child, and wipe with a sponge with water. Never obturate alcohol, so as not to cause a toxic reaction. Normally, when the temperature of the child, you need to call the doctor at home. It is especially important to call the doctor:

- if the child is under 3 months and its temperature is 38 degrees or more.

- at a temperature of 38.3 degrees or more, if the child is from 3-6 months;

- at a temperature of 40 degrees or more, if the child is over six months;

- if there are signs of dehydration and the patient does not want to drink.

- if your child has a strong weakness, lethargy or epileptic fit;

- if more than 3 days in a fever ;

- if the baby is constantly crying, raving;

if rash, diarrhea, vomiting, a child is often difficult and breathes;

- if the child had sharply severe pain in the head or neck can not bend.

It is very important to remember that the main thing at the temperature of the child to facilitate his condition. Very rare high temperature causes abnormalities of the nervous system. Febrile seizures usually do not give a strong impact.

Read also: The temperature of the newborn is normal or pathology?

As you know, the best treatment is prevention. The best way to protect children from infection is to instill the basics of hygiene. Teach children to wash more hands, especially before eating, after using the toilet, after handling animals, after the streets and visiting crowded places

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