Is it a Fever?
How we can judge that our children are suffering in a fever. Normally children abnormal behavior shows us that there is might be something wrong with them. So we should keep notice all the things about them. While with
A gentle kiss on the forehead or a hand placed lightly on the skin is often enough to give you a hint that your child has a fever.However, this method of taking a temperature (called tactile temperature) won’t give an accurate measurement about fever.
So we can Use a reliable digital thermometer to confirm a fever. It’s a fever when a child’s temperature is at or above one of these levels which are mentioned below:
• measured orally (in the mouth): 100°F (37.8°C)
• measured rectally (in the bottom): 100.4°F (38°C)
• measured in an axillary position (under the arm): 99°F (37.2°C)
After getting the temperature according to above stated methods you will be able to find that there is a fever.
But how high a fever is doesn’t tell you much about how sick your child is. A simple cold or other viral infection can sometimes cause a rather high fever (in the 102°–104°F/38.9°–40°C range), but this doesn’t usually mean there’s a serious problem. In fact, a serious infection, especially in infants, might cause no fever or even a low body temperature (below 97°F or 36.1°C).
This method is usually used to check for fever in newborns and young children. If your child is under 2 years of age, and you find a fever, confirm it by taking a rectal temperature. Clean the thermometer with cool, soapy water and rinse. … Place the tip of the thermometer in the centre of the armpit. And check the reading either it is matched with the reading stated above
Because fevers can rise and fall, a child might have chills as the body’s temperature begins to rise. The child may sweat to release extra heat as the temperature starts to drop.
Sometimes kids with a fever breathe faster than usual and may have a faster heart rate. Call the doctor if your child has trouble breathing, is breathing faster than normal, or is still breathing fast after the fever comes down.
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Low body temperature
An abnormally low body temperature (hypothermia) can be serious, even life-threatening. Low body temperature may occur from cold exposure, shock, alcohol or drug use, or certain metabolic disorders, such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. A low body temperature may also be present with an infection, particularly in newborns, older adults, or people who are frail. An overwhelming infection, such as sepsis, may also cause an abnormally low body temperature.
Underarm readings can be a degree lower than what you’d find from your mouth. Rectal temperatures usually are up to a degree higher than mouth readings. A body temperature higher than your normal range is a fever. It’s hypothermia when the body temperature dips too low. Both need to be watched.