Following on from my Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer IRT3020 Review here are some tips on how to treat a child with a high fever. I hope these come in handy for you.
If your child’s face looks flushed and feels hot to the touch, it’s likely that they’ve come down with a fever. A fever is considered any temperature over 37.5°C, whilst fevers are quite common in young children, there are some steps you can take to reduce your child’s discomfort and help bring down their temperature.
– Keep them hydrated – try and get them to drink as much as possible, water is best. Get them to drink little and often and this will keep their fluid levels up.
– Keep the room well aired and cool (but not cold), adjust the radiators and if possible open a window to allow a cool breeze into the room.
– Avoid bundling your child up in more clothes, even if they have the chills as this can prevent the temperature from coming down or even make it higher. Undress them to their nappy or vest and pants to allow the cool air to reach their skin. Cover them with a thin bed sheet or lightweight blanket if necessary.
– Paracetamol can be given to children over 2 months old to relieve pain and reduce fever. Make sure you have the right strength for the age of your child to avoid overdosing, check with your pharmacist when you buy it and read the label carefully.
– Alternatively you can give your child Ibuprofen if they’re over 3 months old and weigh more than 11lbs. Again check to make sure you’re giving the right dosage to your child and avoid ibuprofen if your child has asthma. DO NOT give them paracetamol and ibuprofen to take at the same time.
– Try and give them as little food as possible whilst they have a fever. Children can normally tolerate bland foods better when they’re ill so try small portions of dry crackers and breads if they’re hungry.
To keep track of your child’s temperature, it’s best to use a digital thermometer for a quick and accurate reading. Taking their temperature from underneath their armpit is the most convenient way and a must if your child is under 5, hold the thermometer underneath the child’s armpit with their arm pushed against it to keep it in place; keep it there for the time state on the manufacturer’s instructions and then make a note of the reading.
Take their temperature as often as you see fit but try to leave intervals of at least an hour in between each reading to avoid inaccuracy. If the fever shows no signs of going down or your child reaches more discomfort, contact your GP who can recommend alternative treatment or call NHS 111 if out of hours for additional help.
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