All children get sick; this is part of being a child! Certain infections are very common in childhood, especially among school-aged children; common cold, influenza, throat infection (e.g. strep throat), middle ear infection, and viral gastroenteritis (known as stomach flu) to name but a few. Most - if not all - have one symptom in common; fever!
The normal body temperature range for children is 36.5°C-38°C (97-100.3°F), and it can fluctuate with playing, running around outside (especially during summer), and exercise. A fever is there when your child’s body temperature is above 38°C (100.4°F). It happens when the body's internal thermostat (inside the hypothalamus of the brain) is reset to a higher-than-usual temperature.
When to see your child's paediatrician about a fever?
Fever in a healthy child is not dangerous mostly, and it tends to regress completely within 3-4 days. The following inklings should be taken into consideration if your child has a fever:
- Does your child have an apparent reason for the fever? A fever associated with runny nose and cough in a child who is still playful, eating reasonably, and sleeping well is not a reason for worry mostly (he likely has viral flu).
- Does your child seem in a much better state once his temperature drops? While a high fever might not regress completely, it can drop partially by cold compresses and medication with your child feeling somewhat better. If not, this would be a good reason to consult your child's paediatrician.
- Is your child showing no improvement? A fever lasting for four days with no signs of regressive symptoms would be another good reason to call your paediatrician.
A rule of thumb, when it comes to your child’s health, it is always better to be safe than sorry!
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