HealthyForKids.com describes options for parents to ease the suffering of their child when they spike a fever.
Fort Lee, New Jersey (PRWEB) March 29, 2013
Few things are scarier for parents than a baby running a fever of 102 degrees or higher. In a new blog titled "Tips for Helping Your Child With a Fever, the team of HealthyforKids.com writers describe options for parents to ease the suffering of their child when they spike a fever.
According to the blog, parents caring for a sick child should consult a doctor immediately when a fever reaches 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Fevers this high can represent a severe underlying illness, and can have harmful consequences for the child if not treated quickly and effectively.
For children whose temperature reads below 102 degrees, but who are nonetheless sick and uncomfortable, it’s still a good idea to contact the child’s physician for advice. The doctor may decide to see the child, or ask the parents to administer infant Tylenol and wait it out, providing plenty of liquids and rest for the little one.
Parents can also give the child a warm, soothing sponge bath to help them feel more comfortable. Afterwards, the blog advises drying the child thoroughly and dressing them lightly – no multiple layers of clothing, which can overheat the child and make them even more uncomfortable than they already are.
In fact, too many layers of clothes can prevent a child’s body from cooling through evaporation when they’re running a fever. The blog advises parents to dress the child in a single layer of clothing, and use blankets to cover them if they are chilled.
Fluids are critical for children, since their little bodies lose extra water during feverish episodes. Clear fluids without caffeine are best for a sick child. Parents are advised to take the child’s temperature regularly, and call the physician if it increases.
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