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Fever in children

 
Children are more likely to develop fever because their immune system is not yet developed enough to produce enough antibodies to fight the foreign particles. If the fever is caused by viral infection, it often can go away without treatment. But occasional bacterial fevers can lead to other serious diseases such as infections, pneumonia etc.
 

Symptoms of fever in children:

The child will have body temperature higher than 37.5°C, experience excessive sweating, may act irritated, tried or flushed. The child can also experience headache or stomachache, and shivering may even occur in more serious cases. Children younger than 6 years old may experience fits or febrile convulsion due to rapid increases in temperature. The signs shown by the child include shaking, frequent spasms and the eyes roll back into the head. Your child may recover within 1 hour. Sometimes your child may not show such symptoms, so be careful about your child and call GP to get medical advice.

 

Cause of the fever:

Certain infected diseases such as meningitis or septicemia start to show their symptoms as fever. Harmful substances in blood or inflammatory disorder can lead to fever. Viral infections may also cause fever as the immune system in children is still not fully developed.
 
 

Treatment of fever:

It is important to know the real cause of fever before any treatment is administered. Some viral infections can be self-treated at home. Doctors believe that instead of treating the fever in the clinic, we should let immune system of children to kick in and starts the natural healing process. Parents may use the old technique that is dipping the sponge in lukewarm water and placing it on the forehead. This reduces the temperature but causes shivering, sweating and causes goose bumps. Excessive sweating and shivering may even cause dehydration. So, it is advisable for the parents to give plenty of liquids or food that contains a lot of water content. This dehydration can cause your child’s urine to be very concentrated. If your child vomits and have diarrhea, then you must increase the water content so that the water level in the body could be brought back to normal.
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