Fever in Baby and Child: How can parents help their children?

When the end glows in the child, the parents are concerned - with increased temperature or fever? How does the temperature can be lowered, and when more quickly to the doctor with the baby? All answers and information for parents online.

When will the doctor of elevated temperature responds when baby and when fever?

As soon as you kiss on the forehead or the eyebrow of the children feel most parents whether their child's body temperature is normal or if it feels too warm. a concrete figure is measured in fever from the feeling. But at what point the child has a fever and when it is high temperature? Here is a brief overview of where you can quickly classify the measured temperature correctly:

  • 36.5 to 37.5 ° Celsius = normal body temperature of a healthy child.
  • 37.6 to 38.5 ° Celsius = increased temperature.
  • From 38.5 ° C fever =
  • From 39 ° Celsius = high fever

Tip: Miss simply times the temperature is repeatedly distributed at your child healthy throughout the day. First, you can find out as the base temperature of your child is, and secondly, you will find that the temperature changes beyond the day a little. Depending on the activity, ambient temperature and time of day varies the body temperature by up to 0.5 ° C, wherein the temperature in the evening is higher than in the morning. 

How to measure fever in children and babies?

It is good that you trust your feelings and so get a first estimate. But miss Distrust correctly after the fever thermometer, because value is not enough. Especially in babies and young children, it is recommended to measure with a digital rectal thermometer (the Po) temperature. Measuring in the mouth or under the arm is too vague. Before you buy you a headband or ear thermometer, speak your pediatrician depends. he may recommend you a product.

Tip: to measure the Po fever, you is an unpleasant idea. we understand. But when babies have a high fever, they often are sleepy in her bed or in the arms of their parents. Do not feel the introduction of the clinical thermometer as unpleasant and not fight against it. You can dab on the tip of the thermometer Vaseline so it slides better.
Miss quiet several times a day, because the body temperature can fluctuate and note you the temperature curve. For some diseases, there are typical temperature profiles, which can then provide information quickly.

What are the causes of fever?

Fever is a healthy body's response to infections such as bacteria, viruses or other pathogens. The body mobilizes its defenses. The high temperature already kills some bacteria. The production of white blood cells is increased and the foreign body fights like this. It is a natural defense mechanism of the body and often going to the doctor is not necessary. There is almost no infection in infants and young children who are not accompanied by fever. Typical causes of fever are: 

  • Reaction to any vaccine
  • cold
  • Gripal infect
  • Otitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Croup
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What should I look for feverish children and babies?

If your child has a fever, the temperature figure is not alone decisive on the thermometer. Observe the behavior of your child. Drinks and eats the baby normal? It reacts to you and does not cry? Then your child copes well with the defensive reaction of the body. Especially during the day when you can watch your child well, it is advisable not to open an antipyretic action, but to let the body work against the foreign bodies alone. But only as long as your child is drinking enough and he's fine.
Tip: Drinking is particularly important with fever. Creating Still children more often than usual and older children offer every half hour something to drink. Before you try in vain to get water into the child, offer calm also the favorite juice. The main thing is that the children are getting enough fluid. Some children also eat like chilled cucumber or watermelon.

Is fever for babies and toddlers dangerous? When should I see a doctor?

Basically fever is not dangerous for children, as long as a few things parents are respected. You should consult with your child see a doctor if

  • Your child whimpers and whines and no longer wants to drink.
  • it is apathetic and not properly addressed.
  • continues the fever for more than three days.
  • the baby under three months old.
  • despite antipyretic measures and medications after four hours, the temperature is not lowered.
  • additional signs of disease such as diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Your child has a febrile seizure.

Treat fever - fever lowering the right baby and child

Especially when you know where the fever comes, for example, a cold, you must not say anything do special. During the day, as long as your child is awake, give him regularly in a drink. If your child is sleeping, do not begrudge him the rest and did not wake up, to encourage it to drink. Some babies like to take a lukewarm bath. You can caress the body gently with a washcloth. not dry the baby after starting, but let the water evaporate. This fever is at 10 - back 20 minutes.
Your child should have very warm legs, can also create a Wadenwickel. For this, a tea towel dip in warm water, wring out and firm, but not too tight wrap around the baby's legs. So the heat can be released to the Wadenwickel.
Or you put your child vinegar stockings: But you give five tablespoons in 1/4 l warm water and dip a cotton knee-length stockings. This wring out and put on the child. Trappings start to wind cotton towels.
You can also give prescribe antipyretic suppository you. Especially at night when the kids are not under constant observation, give antipyretic suppository or juices to the children and parents a quieter night.
Tip: Moisten the tip of the suppository with spit or Vaseline to make it more slides in the butt. Lifting in addition to the legs of the child, as in the inferiority of a new diaper. Thus the suppository easier to insert. After that press the buttocks together briefly so as not popped right back out.

What should I not rather do fever?

  • Forcing your child not to iron bed rest. Even if your child is exhausted, a little exercise can do well.
  • Fever should not starve you. Give your child enough food and liquid.
  • Administer no circumstances acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, brand name for aspirin) as this may can trigger the deadly Reye's syndrome, a rare liver-brain disease.

Maybe you feel like you could do anything. But your insurance, pension and nearby is the best medicine for your child Your. Do you not worry too much.  

What is a febrile seizure?

A nightmare for the parents! In a febrile seizure, the temperature rises abruptly. The child becomes pale, stiff and twitching uncontrollably or even faint. Easier said than done: It says keep nerves. Because your child you do with hysteria any favors. The spasm usually lasts no longer than 20 seconds in. If the spasm longer than 4 minutes to go, you have to immediately to the emergency room with your baby. 
Tip: During the spasm does not try to capture your child and suppress the twitching. Make sure that it can not come. If the child vomits, it will bring in a lateral position. After the seizure is over, call the doctor. You can let you prescribe antispasmodic suppositories that you can give in such a case.
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How do I know Dreitagefieber?

Of these infants and babies are mainly affected. Typically, the fever is rising in this contagious but harmless viral disease very quickly, stops for three days and ends with red, sometimes itchy rash on the trunk, legs or arms. In these three days, the fever continues despite antipyretic action. After this period, the fever is gone and suddenly the rash also decays little later. Once suffering from this disease, then there is immunity against the three-day fever.