What does it mean to run a fever? The human body has a thermostat which helps us to regulate our body temperature. The normal body temperature is between 36.5 °C and 37.5 °C. With an infection or other illnesses, various chemicals are released in our body. This re-adjusts the thermostat, resulting in fever.
KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), a member of the
SingHealth group, shares facts about fevers and home remedies to help a child break a fever.
• Fever is the body's way to fight infection. However, it is not just caused by infections alone• How high a fever it does not indicate the severity of the illness that is causing the fever• Overwrapping and a generally hot environment can cause the body temperature of a child to be slightly above normal• Fever caused by viral infections may persist for up to five to seven days and will only completely settle when the viral fever has resolved• High fever per se does not cause brain damage, though a small percentage between six months to six years may have seizures with high fever. However, febrile seizures usually do not lead to brain damage
• Tepid sponging
o May help if the temperature is more than 39.5 °Co Use tap or lukewarm water to spongeo Apply the cool compress to forehead, nape of neck, armpits and groino Proceed to sponge body starting with the front then to the back. Avoid sponging for more than 30 minutes at a stretcho Stop sponging when shivering occurs, or when the child turns blueo When your child shivers, cover him up and wait a while before resuming sponging
• Encourage your child to take plenty of fluids• Dress your child in light clothing to allow heat exchange• Keep the room environment cool and well-ventilated to allow the ambient temperature to help bring the fever down
what to avoid giving your child during a fever and when to consult a doctor.
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