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Fever Fever!

By: Claire Y ContrerasFever Fever!

It’s another season of activities and kids love to play outside. However, they are totally exposed to bacteria and viruses, not to mention, the humidity of our weather puts them at risk of getting a fever.

Fever is defined as having a high body temperature. The normal body temperature is around 37°C or 98.6°F. Fever is considered when the body temperature exceeds the normal range and there is a feeling of burning up. If the body temperature passes 40°C (104°F) or higher, it may be dangerous and one should seek treatment immediately. Most fevers are caused by infection, extreme weather conditions, or a weak immune system.  Fever is a common symptom of most infections, such as colds or gastroenteritis, especially in kids.

How would you know if your child has a fever?

  • Body temperature is above normal
  • Shivering, chills, or shaking
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Intermittent sweating

How can you help lessen their fever?

  • Check on them regularly – We used to measure our kid’s body heat by touching their forehead and neck. The best way to get accurate body temperature is with the use of a thermometer by placing it under the arm, in the mouth, under the tongue, or by using an ear thermometer.
  • Dress them lightly – Dress your child in comfortable and sweat-absorbent clothes as he or she could have intermittent sweating. Overdressing your child can prevent the release of body heat and may increase body temperature.
  • Proper food and drinks – Fever makes kids lose fluids faster than normal. To prevent them from dehydrating, give your child plenty of water and soup. It may come to a point that your child may also experience diarrhea. It is best to feed them soft to semi-solid food to help regulate the digestive system while sick.
  • Good hygiene – Proper hygiene practices, such as washing the hands, can help reduce the risks of infections caused by bacteria and viruses.
  • Medication – Over-the-counter drugs for fever are also an effective way to lessen its symptoms. Consult your physician first and follow the directions given. For kids who are struggling to take their medicine, cooling gel pads for fever is also one way of giving kids comfort.
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