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How to define what’s true and myth about Toddlers Fever

 

 

 

As parents, we often over react on our children’s pain and fever to the extent that made us believe that a child having a fever also carries a disease. Although we know very well that fever is a symptom of other fundamental ailments and the body’s response to infections, we took no precautions when it comes for their own safety.

 

A child with an average temperature not exceeding to 37.5 degree Celsius and does not show weaknesses and is playful, able to sleep comfortably and drink plenty of water then medical treatment is not necessary but certain steps should be taken when the child suffers from dehydration, vomiting and uncomfortable sleep.

 

During the child’s teething process, parents sometimes feel that the rise of temperature on the child occurs. The myth about teething and fever were proven to be wrong. The teething stage does not cause your child to have a fever and therefore, fever during this stage should be treated with an unrelated symptom.

 

Can fever cause brain damage to my baby? One of the most interesting facts about fever is that, fever alone can’t cause brain damage as is it normal among children to have a fever and sometimes even goes away without the aid of medicines or other special treatments. Parents should always record the child’s temperature and performance during this stage instead of panicking that your child’s fever may cause blindness, seizures, brain damage and death. If the parent is in doubt, then that would be the time to consult the physician.

 

One of the most argued fever myth is the non-sponge and cold bathing, and wrapping the child when in fever. The using of alcohol is definitely a “no-no” as alcohol creates a cold effect to the skin and my likely create shivering which helps the body to generate more heat and can cause the child’s temperature to rise. That as well would be taken for the parents who use cold baths to their children and wrapping them with heavy blankets. Instead of giving your child a cold bath, try replacing it with a lukewarm water to help the skin pores open so that the heat of the body will be released. This makes the child fell more comfortable.

 

It is always best to remember that fever in any way can be treated with or without medication though parents should always take precautions. It is best to let your child be comfortable in these stages to assure their fast recovery.

Posted April 25, 2012 by badsduduy in Uncategorized

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