As a parent, I surely understand your worry for your dear child. When at 3:00 a.m. in the night your child feels like burning up, worry may get you on your nerves. But do you know fever until 100 degrees may not really be worrisome for you or your child. Those numbers on the thermometer shouldn’t get you panicky every time your child feels warm. If you are surrounded with many more false beliefs like these, you should definitely read this blog to understand the real symptoms of fever in kids.
Fact 1: Fever is a symptom, not a disease.
This fact may, indeed, sound very strange to you. But yes, fever is a symptom and not a disease. Fever only elevates the internal temperature of the body that we consider to be abnormal. In infants and children, the average body temperature is usually between 97.9° F and 99° F (or 36.6° C and 37.2° C). So to say, a high body temperature is not a disease, rather a sign or a symptom. And to understand it even more, it is the response of immune system to the growth of bacteria within the body.
Fact 2: If your child gets fever once a month, it is absolutely normal.
Kids are highly active when they are at a tender age. They just love to play. And they play a lot. With every bit of wandering they do, they get exposed to germs and infections. They may easily develop an illness that may later result in fever. So, fever is absolutely a common part of kid’s life.
Fact 3: Not all fevers may be bad for your child.
I am either being too positive or, perhaps, you may not have understood the fever the way it should be. Why I say not all fevers may be bad for your child is because symptoms of fever turn on the immune system of the body. With an activated immune system, the body gets aid to fight the infection. Fever may or may not add to body’s health at all times, but it will surely let you know whether or not the body is fighting against the infection.
Fact 4: If your child feels warm, he or she may not have fever, necessarily.
So, here is the most shocking of all fever facts. If your child feels hot to touch, the warmth may not necessarily be due to fever. There can be several reasons for him or her to feel warm. It may not have struck you before but sometimes, hot weather, a lot of physical activities and even too much of crying can make your kid feel warm. At other times, it could just be a common cold that may be heating up his or her body.
Fact 5: Your child’s fever will not increase if you don’t treat it.
Another popular myth circulating widely among adults, and parents in particular, is that fever will increase if it is left untreated. Fever is a lot different from other types of illnesses. A cold or cough may get worse if you don’t do anything about it. But the same is not true for a fever. You will be overwhelmed to know that brain has a thermostat. That is to say, it knows how to control the temperature of the body. So, even when the fever is the result of an infection in your kid, the temperature will not rise above 103° F (39.5° C) or 104° F (40° C). Only in rare cases will the temperature shift to 105° F (40.6° C) or 106° F (41.1° C) and it will still not be dangerous.
Fact 6: When it comes to fever, being number-focused will not be the right approach.
Many parents get stuck with the thermometer reading. You too may be unknowingly doing the same mistake. So, rather than worrying about the intensity of the temperature, you should observe how fast the temperature is rising. This will let you understand the fever pattern in your child better.
Fact 7: Should you worry if your child has high fever? Well, not always!
Sometimes, infections in ear and throat can also result in high fever in children. High fever in children, more than a cause for concern, is worth understanding the causes itself. It may be the symptom of an underlying condition. But it will need assistance when you can’t bring it down even after 2 or 3 days.
Fact 8: A fever beyond 104° F or (40° C) may not be dangerous either.
This is true! That a fever beyond 104° F or (40° C) is dangerous is a pure myth. Some people also believe that brain damage will occur at a body temperature like this one. Only temperatures more than 108° F (or 42° C) may cause damage in your child’s brain. The fact is that only in rare cases will the body temperature be so high. Overdressing a child in a hot place is one example for such high temperatures. Another being, the child getting locked up in a car accidentally.
Fact 9: But if a fever does not come down to normal, can it be serious? This is again a myth you should not believe.
Since you love your child so much, even a scratch can fret you with anxiety. But if you can’t break the fever, you need not be worried. The cause may not really be as serious as you may be thinking. Usually, if the body temperature does not come down to normal, despite the treatment, there may be a bacteria or virus obstructing it. This is where a doctor will be most helpful to you. Professional medical help will help you to understand the true case with your child and the right way to tackle it.
Fact 10: Fever does not vanish upon treatment.
This is another most shocking of fever facts. It may seem bizarre, however, I will really stand by what I just said. Like I told you before, fever is only a symptom and not a disease. Since fever is not a disease, it cannot vanish. In the first stage, it adds up to the normal temperature of the body. An increase or decrease in temperature is not a disease clearly. So, when you give your child the treatment for fever, the temperature comes down 2° F (1° C) or 3° F (1.5° C).
Fact 11: If the medicines pull down the body temperature during fever, it may still crawl back.
A few years back even I was of the opinion that body temperature should remain low after medication or treatment. But thanks to the abundant knowledge of ancient folks! I found that viral fever symptoms and infections affect children for 2 to 3 days usually. And as long as the medicines or treatment are effective, the fever won’t come back. Unless your child’s body overcomes the virus or bacteria that is causing the viral fever symptoms, fever will keep occurring again and again. I would again emphasise here on the usage of home remedies for fever because they have zero side effects. As the treatment may need to be repeated, medicating often could be bad for your child’s health.
Fact 12: You may not require medicines for treating all fevers.
We can’t deny this fact! In fact, fevers should be treated only when they are causing your kid discomfort. And even if he or she feels the discomfort, you need not provide the comfort only with the help of medicines. Sometimes medicines may worsen the sickness, considering the age and health habits of your kid. That is why natural home remedies for fever will be the safest approach you could steer to if your child is really small.
Wrong medication can have side effects. So, what should be the right treatment for fever in kids?
Treating a symptom that may seem similar to that of fever may be harmful for your child. Just imagine what could be the consequence of giving your child a strong medicine for high fever when he or she may actually be having common cold? So, don’t consider the reading on the thermometer to detect whether or not your child has fever. Understanding how your child is looking like and what he or she feels will be more important for you as a parent.
Can home remedies for fever help in reducing the symptoms?
Home remedies can surely help with signs and symptoms of fever. An overly heated body with excess of sweating or chills and shivering, fever headache, pain in muscles, vomiting, loss of appetite together with general weakness are among the fever symptoms. Despite everything, treating fever in kids is surely important. Home remedies for fever would be wonderful in doing away with fever. You won’t even have to worry if your child does or doesn’t like the taste of medicines. For your ease, I had earlier introduced you to treatment methods with simple kitchen ingredients. So, you can treat your child’s fever with these safest home remedies.
Here is a useful tip for every parent!
Even though a doctor would be at your help always, consider to visit one only when you fail to treat it at home.