When your child has fever4:29 PM
More than a decade ago, we brought our son to a nearby community hospital because he was saw suffering from fever that ranged 39 to 40 degrees. I was in a state of panic because, aside from being a new mom, I experienced seeing a younger brother having convulsions every time he had high-grade fevers. The scene that followed was unforgettable. The male nurse who took my baby gave him a sponge bath of ice cold water. My son was wailing and I knew he felt chilly but we were told that it was "first aid." Well, guess what? I learned two days ago that it is NOT. (I learned about this during The Discerning Mommy bloggers' tour of Unilab's Amherst Plant which I will be writing about in a few days.)
WHAT IS FEVER
A fever is a medical sign characterized by a body temperature that is higher than the normal core temperature of 37.9 degrees Celsius. The core temperature is the temperature of the blood that surrounds the hypothalamus in the brain and it is different from the surrounding body or skin temperature. The average human body temperature is 36.4 to 37.2 degrees Celsius. The body becomes feverish when it responds from a pyrogen brought about by a viral or bacterial infection.
MEASURING BODY TEMPERATURE
There are four sites in the body where you can take a more accurate temperature reading in case of fever and they are: the rectum, the mouth, the ear, and the armpit. If there's fever, a reading of more than 38.8 degrees C will register if taken through the rectum, more than 37.8 degrees C in the mouth, more than 37.2 degrees C in the armpit, and more than 38 degrees C if taken through an ear thermometer. Doctors recommend using an ear thermometer especially for small children to prevent accidental breakage of a mercury thermometer.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO TREAT FEVER IN CHILDREN?
Normally, most people recover from fever without specific medical attention. Taking in lots of liquids and fruits rich in vitamin C helps in recuperating. Sponge baths using tap water are also advised. However, it is best to give medicine to children with fever especially to those with chronic cardiopulmonary diseases, metabolic disorders, neurological diseases, and those at risk for febrile seizures.
Febrile seizures or Benign Febrile Convulsions (BFC) are considered as a condition that is not so serious for children between 6 months to 6 years of age. This condition is hereditary and the patient's condition usually returns to normal after the seizure. However, children having convulsions should be brought to the doctor for proper diagnosis. I remember that my brother was around 3 to 4 years old when he had seizures and this always happens when his fever reaches 39 to 40 degrees C. When he was confined, his doctor took some liquid from his spinal column to rule out the possibility of meningitis. Thankfully, it was just benign febrile convulsion.
PARACETAMOL VS IBUPROFEN
Common medications given to children in treating fever are Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. Paracetamol is given every 4-6 hours while Ibuprofen is given every 6-8 hours which shows that the latter has a more lasting effect. However, Ibuprofen should not be taken by people allergic to the said substance and they should be given Paracetamol instead. If the patient is allergic to Paracetamol, Ibuprofen is the best alternative.
(IBUPROFEN) DOLAN FP
I take Ibuprofen for my migraine and, at least for me, it works better than Paracetamol. But aside from being a pain reliever and an anti-inflammatory (anti-pamamaga) drug, it is also effective in treating fever. The orange flavored syrup of Dolan FP will definitely be appealing to kids. I should know because I tasted it during the event, haha!
I'm raffling out these Dolan FP goodies to one lucky "discerning mommy." You can get a Dolan FP water tumbler, a Dolan FP cap, some Dolan FP samplers, and a digital thermometer. Here's how you can win:
@The 24 Hour Mommy, when my child has fever I _________________________________ to make him/her feel better.
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I'll be picking the best tip among the lot and award 1 Myra Vita Moisture Lip Balm! This means that you can win the Dolan FP goodies in the raffle and win this lip balm, too. :)
This contest is open to all Philippine residents as I'll be shipping the prizes to the winners. Deadline of submitting entries is on September 30, 2010 11:59 p.m. I'll be announcing the winners on October 2, 2010.
Special thanks goes to Unilab for starting The Discerning Mommy program and for sharing these wonderful treats. You can follow the Unilab Facebook page or follow them over Twitter to be updated on their latest products and promos.
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