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Lowering Fever in Infants and Toddlers

Lowering Fever in Infants and Toddlers. Fever is not a disease, but show symptoms of a disease. For example, because of cough, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, other infections of the gastrointestinal tract, and respiratory tract infections. Most parents panic if their fast (especially toddlers) have a fever.

You have to remember that a fever is the body's mechanism against a disease or infection that is usually caused by viruses, bacteria, and so on. Fever when the child is said to body temperature above the normal threshold (greater than 37.2 degrees Celsius). This fever seems that the body temperature slightly hotter than usual and sometimes accompanied by chills.

Infection in children is usually caused by viruses or bacteria. Examples of fever when the child is suffering from influenza or a cold. The presence of this virus, the child's body naturally fight back. Antibiotics can not kill viruses, so antibiotics are not a cure influenza. You do not need to give antibiotics in children with fever caused by a virus or due to influenza illness. In general cases, the temperature of the hot body will help prevent the spread of the virus.

If your child's body temperature is below 39 degrees Celsius, no seizure, the child is not too fussy, and no vomiting.


Lowering Fever in Infants and Toddlers

Some efforts can be made to lower the fever children as follows :
  • Periodically monitor the body temperature using a thermometer specifically for children.
  • Giving fluids in sufficient quantities to children to avoid dehydration.
  • Consuming a balanced nutrition to strengthen the immune system of children.
  • Noting circulation room, so as not stuffy.
  • Giving fever-lowering drugs, when the child's temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius. If the body temperature is normal, drug administration was stopped.
  • Compress the child with warm water, especially when the child's body temperature reached 39 degrees Celsius. Compress can be placed on the forehead, abdomen, or thigh folds and armpits. Warm water makes the peripheral blood vessels in the skin dilate and open the pores of the body . Resulting in faster evaporation.
  • Wearing the clothes that absorb sweat child. If the child was shivering, covered children , but soon released again when the chills disappear.
  • Immediately bring the child to the doctor, if the fever does not go down soon.

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