Fever is one of the most common sickness or symptom that kids would encounter through out their whole childhood. Most first time parents would either be too jumpy or too careless about this situation. In fact, fever could either be life threatening or less serious but there is no need to be tensed if you are well prepared and well informed. Here are the important things you need to look out for when your kids have a fever.
- Always keep a thermometer on handy. If you are using a digital thermometer, make sure the batteries are always working fine. Never rely on your sense of touch to conclude if your child has fever or not. Furthermore, some illnesses have only mild fever as a symptom so it is important to take the exact temperature.
- There are many kinds of antipyretic drugs which would be effective in relieving fever. Ibuprofen or Diphenhydramine is proven to be quicker to have an effect but this medicine is not advisable to be taken if the patient is suspected to have some diseases like Dengue. Aspirin are less prescribed for children due to threat of Reye’s syndrome. The safest antipyretic drug is Acetaminophen a.k.a. Paracetamol so it wise to always have this drug available in your home. Most of these drugs have a dosage guide depending on the age of the child but it would be safer if you would base the dose on the body weight of your kid. These drugs also come in different forms so it is important to take note which would your child be more likely to take without a fight.
- Children are prone to convulsions when they experience very high fever. If your child had already experienced one, be keen to check his or her temperature frequently. Some would never experience convulsions but if your toddler or infant has a fever, it would be wise to check on them as frequent as possible.
- Keep your own medical record. You don’t have to be a nurse or a doctor to be able do this. Jot down the time you discovered your child’s fever, the temperature and what times you gave his or her medicine. It also helps if you take note of the other symptoms your child might also have like diarrhea, nausea or any rashes.
- When in doubt, always consult with a doctor. Like they say, better safe than sorry. If you have the slightest doubt about something, ask your doctor. It is also a good idea to have a family doctor who does regular check ups to your kid. Your doctor would then be more familiar with the medical history of your child.