How to bring down the temperature of the child
Faced with increased body temperature in a child, some parents begin to panic, not knowing what to do in this case. High temperature is a result of penetration into the child’s body and infection are intended to cope with the disease. Because it turns out that not always we need to fight it. When and how to bring down the temperature of the child without harming the body?
When and how to bring a fever down in a child
The main question that arises from parents that saw the highest temperature: «do I Need to bring down the temperature»? after all, its increase shows that the baby’s body tries to cope with the infection. However, in some cases, it can be dangerous, especial for children who are under 1 year.
Pediatricians suggest doing nothing, if its parameters do not exceed 38 degrees. To give the child antipyretics, it is recommended when:
- the temperature exceeds 39 degrees;
- the temperature reading exceeds 38 degrees, a baby who was not yet 3 years;
- the baby noticed shortness of breath;
- the child was diagnosed with a disease of the nervous system;
- previously been observed seizures when the temperature of the body;
- the child has vomiting or diarrhea that caused dehydration, and the child refuses to drink.
Methods of temperature reduction
If you decide to lower the temperature of the child, you must do it correctly so as not to harm the body. There are different ways to effectively reduce the temperature of the child’s body.
Some pediatricians, including Dr. Komorowski, recommend these. For this kid it is necessary to remove excess clothing, provide access to the room fresh air (the optimal temperature in the nursery 19-21 degrees) and often give the patient to drink.
To the physical methods of lowering temperature, include rubbing a wet towel. While in the water, where he wetted a towel, add a few drops of acetic acid. It should be noted that alcohol and any alcohol can not be used for wiping the baby. This is due to the fact that they are able to penetrate through the pores in the skin and cause poisoning of the body.
Various children’s antipyretics help to quickly bring the temperature down. Previously you recommended the use of aspirin or analginum. However, recent studies have proven their harm to the child’s body. Much more effective and safe medicines such as ibuprofen and paracetamol. Noted that ibuprofen works for 6-8 hours and is recommended for kids older than 6 months. Paracetamol action lasts for 2-4 hours, so give it more often. It is important to correctly calculate the daily dose and not exceed it.
Before you take any measures to reduce the temperature of the baby, determine the type of improvement. To do this observe the child, if the temperature rise is accompanied by reddening of the skin and baby’s skin feels hot, in this case, and drugs and physical cooling methods will work equally quickly and efficiently. In such situations, the child’s body is actively losing fluid, so parents must do everything to fill it. No need to force the kid to drink a lot. Better to do it often and in small SIPS, otherwise you can provoke vomiting.
In the case when the limbs of the baby cold and pale skin-all signs of impaired peripheral circulation. The medication will act slowly, and wiping generally will be ineffective. In this situation, the child should be given a vasodilator (drotaverine) and antihistamine (diphenhydramine) drugs.
When to call the doctor
As soon as the child even a little fever, parents begin to worry and want to know when need to call the doctor, and when you can do a home treatment? In some situations, the doctor needs:
- high temperature lasts more than 3 days;
- the child becomes listless, refuses games;
- baby sleeps all the time;
- a small child cries all the time;
- difficulties with orientation in space;
- together with the temperature on the child’s body there was a rash of unknown nature;
- the child has difficulty breathing at the time, as any discharge from the nose is absent;
- arose barking cough;
- the child lost consciousness;
- having diarrhea or vomiting;
- the child has previously had fits;
- there was a strong neck tension.