Are you worried that your child may get a fever? … Is she moody?…
Fever is a condition wherein the body temperature is increased beyond the normal range of 98.4° F or 38° C. Infections, immunity related diseases and rashes can easily bring a fever in children. In newborns dehydration also is a cause for fever. In children aged 2-5, fever can come 6-8 times a year, the normal cause being respiratory tract related diseases.
Fever shows the resistance power of your kid’s body. Only when the temperature is increased to 100° F, your child will be able to realize it. Accordingly there will be a change in normal activities. All her energy will get utilized to fight against infection. Once it crosses 100° F, proper attention should be given to your child. Consult the pediatrician immediately.
Types Of Fever
Fever, according to its degree, can be classified as mild (100° F – 102° F), moderate (102° F – 104° F) and severe (104° F – 106° F). The degree may vary in a day. Normally, it is found high during evening and low during the dawn.
Once you start medication, there can be a reduction of 1.5° F – 2° F within two hours. During night you need not wake your child up from deep sleep to give medicines. If your child is unable to sleep properly due to fever, only then you should give medicines.
Things To Remember
If you notice any chance of occurrence of fever in your child (98.4° F – 100° F), then let her take good rest. Usually, up to 100° F your child does not need any medication.
Let her be in comfortable clothing. Bed her in a room where there is free air circulation. Let her sleep well since sleeping will heal her by increasing the resistance power of her body.
Diet During Fever
Give your child solid food only if she asks for it. While in fever your child may not feel hungry due to slow digestion. Hence place her in a diet where she will get all vital nutrients. Give her diluted fruit juices and vegetable soups. She needs to drink water more than usual.
The diet of your child should consist of only semi-solid foods and fruits that are easy to digest and absorb. When she starts feeling hungry you can give usual balanced food in to her diet.