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Monday 25 June 2018

First Aid on Treating Fever in Children.

Reducing Fever in Children.

It is true that fevers are often unavoidable but the key is to make your child as comfortable as possible until the fever passes, and get medical treatment when necessary.

  1. Eat. It is very important that your children eats but don't force it doesn't like it.
  2. Medicine. Reduce Fever with medicine. Your doctor may suggest taking over-the-counter medications such as Paracetamol. Remember: Never give adult aspirin to children, since it can cause Reye's syndrome, a potentially fatal disorder and  avoid combining medications for children. 
  3. Drink.  Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking water and other fluids helps your body expel the virus or bacteria that's causing the fever. Remember: Avoid caffeine and alcohol because these can lead to further dehydration. If you are experiencing nausea or vomiting along with the fever, avoid fruit juices, milk, very sugary beverages and carbonated beverages because these drinks can make you feel sick or cause vomiting.
  4. Light Dress. Dress yourself or your child in a thin but cozy set of pajamas and cover with a light sheet or blanket.
  5. Rest. Rest as much as possible. Sleep is the body's natural method for recovery from illness; in fact, having too little sleep can even make you sick. Therefore, making sure you get plenty of sleep you allow your body to spend its energy fighting infection instead of something else.
  6. Lukewarm water. If your child has a fever, you can bathe him or her with a sponge dipped in lukewarm water. Gently wash your child's body, pat him or her dry with a soft towel, and dress your child quickly so he or she doesn't get too chilled, which can lead to shivering, which heats up the body. There are much better ways to reduce your child's fever, like placing a cool washcloth on his forehead, giving him a sponge bath with lukewarm water.
  7. Use thermometer.  The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6°F (37°C). However, if you place thermometer in anal remember that it is 1°C warmer than the average normal.
  8. Don'ts. Do not give yourself or your child a hot bath. You should also avoid cold baths, which can lead to shivering that can actually increase internal temperature. Never use rubbing alcohol to reduce a fever. Rubbing alcohol baths are an old remedy people used to use to bring fevers down, but they cause the body temperature to drop dangerously quickly. The fact that it works so quickly is part of the problem. Cooling your child too fast with alcohol is counterproductive because he may start to shiver, which signals his body to raise his temperature. Alcohol is also easily absorbed through the skin or through the lungs when inhaled. This can cause alcohol poisoning and lead to a coma or other serious medical complications.

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