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Information on Fever

Fever is one of the most common medical conditions as it isactually the body’s natural response to different sorts of infections and otherharmful factors. All children experience fever at some point in their lives sothey are not always a cause for panic. Fever can be defined as foreheadtemperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, ear temperature above 100.4 degreesFahrenheit, armpit temperature above 99 degrees Fahrenheit, oral temperatureabove 100 degrees Fahrenheit or rectal temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Common Causes of Fever

The most common causes of fever in children are urinarytract infections, bronchiolitis, croup, ear infections, gastroenteritis, coldsand other types or bacterial and viral infections. In some cases, infants mayalso experience fever triggered by teething. If a child gets wrapped up inexcessive amounts of blankets or clothes that too may cause the onset of fever.The most accurate method of measuring a child’s temperature is the rectal one,but most people stick with measuring the temperature in the mouth, since therectal method may feel awkward in some cases. There are a large number ofpeople who prefer to measure the temperature in the armpit, but unfortunatelythis is not among the most accurate methods of measuring the temperature. Themethods which involve measuring the temperature on the forehead or in the earare even less accurate than all of the methods described above.

Thermometers

Digital thermometers are always a better option formeasuring the temperature of a child than their glass counterparts because theyare inexpensive, accurate and they are not involved with the risks of exposureto mercury. Glass thermometers also need to be shaken well before use. Pacifierand plastic strip thermometers can also be used, but they are not thataccurate.

To Treat or Not

It is not always recommended to treat the fever, becausefever may be accompanied by other symptoms as well. If a child suffers fromfever, there is always the need for evaluation from a professional healthcareprovider. Most cases of fever can be treated easily at home, using simpleremedies, but severe cases may require hospitalization and professional healthcare.

Treatment options

Fever can be treated by using a vast array of differentmedications and the most common ones include ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Theseare very efficient in making it much easier for the child to endure the tediousmedical condition. The child needs plenty of rest and as much fluids aspossible.

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