Fever is the most common symptom of the disease in children and is one of the most common reasons why parents seek a pediatric visit. Here’s what they say the guidelines of the Society of Pediatrics on the management of fever in children. Let’s talk about Fever children.
1 What is a fever?
Fever is an increase in core body temperature above the normal limits. According to WHO, the temperature is considered normal up to 37.5 °, although it should be specified that the body temperature can vary from person to person, during the day and may be higher in some occasions, such as during sleep, just after eating, after exertion or in case of excessive heating of the environment. The fever is the most common symptom of most infections and is used by the body as a means of defense, because, by raising its temperature, making the environment inhospitable to life of viruses and bacteria.
2 How to be measured body temperature of children?
The device is the best electronic digital thermometer, as easy to use, cheap and with high reliability. Also go well infrared thermometers, which are put in contact with the skin or are equipped with a pointer that allows remote use, but they have a rather high cost; not recommended in any case, the infrared thermometer headset, because it gives unreliable results when used by non-experts.
3 Where should measure the temperature?
The best place is in the armpit. Not recommended measurement under your tongue, because it can be affected by many factors, such as the intake of hot or cold foods, and because it requires the cooperation of the child.
6 The higher the temperature, the more you have to worry about?
Not necessarily. Have more or less high fever is not in itself a disease severity index. It is true, however, that a high fever, but may signal a bacterial infection, serious if it is associated with other factors such as the age of three months, values altered white blood cell or C-reactive protein.