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How to Tell of a Fever with Your Young One

Children are often rushed to emergency rooms for cases of fever. We do not find this not a surprise anyway. Fevers are quite common in children and as well frightening to child and parent alike. Below are some of the questions and answers which will be of course quite resourceful to parents as they seek to deal with the feeling of overwhelming confusion that often follows when a child catches fever.

Question number one, “What is fever?”. Generally, a fever is defined as a body temperature that is higher than normal. Body temperature is taken using a thermometer. In as much they are good at helping the child fight certain kinds of infections, when they get beyond the normal fevers can start to get you worrying and uncomfortable more so when you consider how old the child happens to be.

The other concern with many parents is how to know for sure that the child indeed has fever. Depending on age, a child with fever will show certain changes in their body and will feel hot. For the newborns, they will feel a lot fussier and sleepier than is the normal and will refuse to breastfeed or even the bottle. The older babies and the toddlers, note the signs in increased crankiness and being less energetic and interested in so many things as is the norm. The toddler will as well be thirsting a lot and will have a lowered appetite. Irritability and feeling withdrawn out of lack of interest in most of their activities is yet another sign of fever in the toddlers and the older babies. The other sign of fever in children is extreme sleepiness or trouble getting to sleep. The children over the age of two years will tell the signs of fever in symptoms such as their complaints of chills and or pains all over the body, asking for a lot of fluids, and when they become whiny and highly irritable. If you happen to note any of these signs in your child, then it is time to take their body temperature.

The next question we will answer is how to take the body temperature. There are several kinds of temperature taking tools, thermometers, which will be available in drug stores and as such you will be confused as to which one will be the best shot for you to help you take your child’s body temperature.