A Mother Caring for Her Sick Child

Children cope with high temperatures better than adults. The latest COVID-19 crisis has proved that they fare better with fever and other COVID symptoms than adults since only 18% of all diagnosed cases were among children. However, this doesn’t take away parents’ worries.

Still, there are multiple reasons a child may have a high fever, so before you take them to a COVID-19 testing facility or seek professional help, here are some things you need to know. 

What is Considered Fever in Children? 

Generally, the human body’s average temperature shouldn’t be higher than 37 degrees; everything above this is a fever. However, children can often have increased temperature due to many reasons, such as:

  • Growing teeth 
  • Weakened immune system
  • Flu
  • Vaccinations
  • Bacteria and infections 

Thus, doctors suggest that unless the temperature is above 38 degrees, there’s no room for panic. 

Symptoms of Fever in Children

A mother checking her sick child

Aside from a hot forehead, these symptoms might indicate your child has a fever or is about to have one. 

  • Moody behavior and irritability, particularly not feeling like playing
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Faster breathing than usual
  • Glowing eyes and unfocused sight
  • Reddening skin, especially in the area of the cheeks
  • Excessive sweating without a particular physical activity 

To make sure, however, you need to measure your child’s temperature – and we’ll teach you the best way to do it. 

How to Measure Your Child’s Temperature at Home 

A mother taking care of her sick child

An electrical thermometer isn’t recommended since these devices typically tell a higher temperature, usually by 0.5 degrees.  

  • If your child is younger than 3 years of age, using a rectal thermometer is probably the best since it shows temperature most rapidly.
  • For older children, usually those who have started school, you can measure temperature by placing the thermometer in their ear gently. 
  • An oral thermometer, or under the armpit, should be used for older children who can understand and cooperate with the method.


How to Treat Your Child’s Temperature at Home

If the fever is less than 38 degrees, it doesn’t need medical attention and should go down with over-the-counter fever medicine, fluids, and plenty of rest.

A regular call to your doctor should be enough, and then it’s off to the pharmacy. Do not give your child medicine if not prescribed by your doctor. 

The usual over-the-counter fever medication for children include:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen

These medications can be found in many child-friendly variations, like sweetened syrups and liquids. If your child receives treatment for more than three days and the fever isn’t going away, you should take them to your local hospital or urgent care center. 

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