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The child has a fever. When should you worry?

The child has a fever. When should you worry?

Fever is not a disease in itself, but a medical symptom that is often harmless to the child, but which can also hide a number of serious conditions. Here are the main situations where you should worry about your baby's fever and when you need to take him to the hospital quickly!

Normal body temperature of children

The value of the body temperature considered normal in children is around 37-37.5 degrees Celsius. Fever occurs when the temperature reaches or exceeds 38 degrees Celsius.

Even if it is a symptom that scares parents slightly, fever is considered a good sign. It is the way the body transmits that something is wrong with it and urges us to take the necessary measures to heal it.

There are other causes of the increase in body temperature in children, which are not pathological or worrying. When the baby is a baby, the fever may develop due to the eruption of the teeth or overheating (when it is too thick or is kept in very warm rooms) or even just a cold. It is important to know the main situations or signs that are worrying in the manifestation of fever in the child.

The child has a fever: when should you worry?

Many of the situations and conditions in which the child has a fever can be treated at home, outpatient, without the need for medical intervention. But there are also cases where fever is the indicator of a strong infection in the body. The difference between the two is made by the value of the temperature and the age of the child.

In the situation where the child has under the age of 3 months, and the body temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius, it is mandatory to go with the doctor. Fever is very dangerous at this age and always indicates a condition in the body.

If the child is of age between 3 and 6 months, and the temperature reaches or exceeds 38.3 degrees Celsius, it is also important to call the pediatrician or take him to the hospital, even if it is not accompanied by other symptoms.

In babies over 6 months, it is important to always follow the symptoms associated with the increase in body temperature. If the fever exceeds the value of 38.8 degrees Celsius, it is constant and does not show signs of diminishing even after 3 days from the beginning of the administration of the antipyretic treatment, it is important to go with the doctor.

If you also have associated symptoms, such as dizziness, vomiting, headache, chills, blisters, etc., a medical consultation to rule out serious infections is welcome.

In children between 6 months and 2 years, a temperature value between 39.5 and 40 degrees Celsius is always worrying and you should send it to the doctor. In general, from this age, doctors always consider the symptoms associated with fever when diagnosing and applying emergency treatment.

Fever associated with neck stiffness and severe headaches may suggest the presence of meningitis, a severe infection that affects the membranes that envelop the brain.

Fever seizures are manifestations that often occur in children in the event of a sudden increase in body temperature. These do not endanger the health of the child, but are symptoms that almost always send parents with the child to the doctor.

Cough fever and severe breathing difficulties may indicate the presence of pneumonia in the body of the child.

It is important for parents to understand that whenever they try to treat ambulatory fever, with special medication for children, they can only cure a symptom, not the disease that triggers it.

Raising the temperature is often just a piece of the puzzle of the disease that the child may suffer. It is advisable to pay close attention to the manifestations accompanying the fever and, whenever you suspect that something is not right, consult your doctor. After all, it is about the health and even life of your child.

What quick remedies for mild fever in known children? Did you go through the situation in which the baby fever sent you, urgently, to the doctor? Tell us your tips and opinions in the comments section below!

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