Chil­dren, fever and what you can do to help

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

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.

THE SYMP­TOMS

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.

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