Children, fever and what you can do to help
A SICK child will always worry parents and having a little one with a fever is no exception, especially when you’re unsure what illness is the cause behind the fever.
In general, fevers are a natural sign of an infection and they’re a good sign your child is fighting that infection. They usually are minor and your child has recovered in a couple of days.
That said, on occasion you may notice a fever lingering in your child longer than normal. If this is the case, it’s always best to contact your doctor because it may be a sign of a long-term illness or chronic disease.
How you treat a fever depends on what the cause is, and in this column we’ll be diving into some common symptoms as well as what action you should take.
If you think your child looks ill and you think it’s a fever, keep an eye on their temperature.
While it’s natural for a child’s temperature to go up and down by 1°C throughout the day, anything higher than 38°C is most likely a sign of a fever.
Usually the fever isn’t harmful, but the high temperature can be distressing and uncomfortable for your child.
It’s important to keep your child hydrated and ensure they’re drinking lots of fluid. VIRUSES AND BACTERIA
Broadly speaking, most fevers are caused by either a viral infection or a bacterial infection.
Viruses such as the common cold, upper respiratory infections or chicken pox are the most common cause of a fever.
SO SHOULD YOU SEE A GP?
If your baby is under three months of age, they should always see a doctor.
For babies between three and 12 months, it’s also a good idea to seek medical advice.
The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service is here to support you.
You can visit the team at 312 Bourbong St, Bundaberg.