How to Treat High Fever in Children
The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls our temperature. When there is infection, the hypothalamus increases its temperature to fight the infections, thus fever occur. The body temperature of a child with fever is above 37.5°C. High fever in children is elevated up to 41.5 °C (106.7 °F). At this point of body temperature, it is necessary to take the child to the doctor. Bringing fever down is your next concern, you can do the following:
- Give your child medications such as Tylenol if your child is over two months of age or Ibuprofen for babies over six months of age.
- Sponge your child with lukewarm water. Don’t try to give your child a cold bath as this will make your child chill.
- If your child’s body temperature reaches over 104°F, you should call your doctor for advice and have the child seen within twenty-four hours.
It is very hard to determine what would be wrong with your child if he develops high fever no other symptoms of a disease manifests. Hence, causes of high fever in children with no other symptoms can be brought about by more serious viral and bacterial infections like:
- urinary tract infections
- autoimmune diseases or inflammatory disorder
Some other causes of high fever in children are the following:
- Teething may shows slight fever
- First sign of cancer such as leukemia
- Blood clots
- Reaction to drugs like immunization vaccine and other medications such as antihistamine
When to Seek Medical Help:
It is necessary for you to call your child’s doctor if any of the following situations occur:
- If your child with fever is younger than six months of age since birth
- If despite of some remedy you applied, the body temperature of your child continue to increase
- If your child shows symptoms of dehydration from vomiting or diarrhea, such as sunken eyes or tented skin.
- If you have been consulted by your child’s doctor, and your child is developing new symptoms resulting to even worse conditions