Infants and small children often will have a fever when they’re sick. The rise of the body temperature is usually a sign of the body working against the illness and on many occasions, no need to panic, mama!. It’s best to observe, monitor and it’s okay to give antipyretic (Paracetamol syrup or Suppositories, the right dose, and inappropriate intervals – ) and fever might resolve. However, if there are any other associated symptoms like Diarrhea, Vomiting, Poor Feeding, Irritability, or Chills. It is best to go to the nearest clinic or hospital.
Tip: Do you have a hard time reading dosages for medications. Always ask your pharmacist for the appropriate dosage if in doubt.
However, if Fever is not resolving. It is important to take your child to the nearest clinic or hospital for further treatment.
Have you ever heard of Febrile Seizures or Convulsion?
Well! DiFever can sometimes bring on a seizure in childhood.
It usually occurs in children 6 months to 5 years.
It is associated with a rise in temperature above 38 degrees Celsius. Since most of us mothers rarely use a thermometer usually a baby or Child’s body will be very warm to touch!
Tip: Every mother should try to own a thermometer, so you can check and monitor, your child’s temperature when you suspect a fever. This will also help doctors during treatment.
How can your child present when having a febrile Seizure?
A child will shake/ Jerk or twitch all over and might have stiffening of arms and legs, might roll eyes, moan or make a gurgling sound, and/ or become unconscious (pass out)
All this might last less than 15 minutes and child may vomit or urinate (pee) during/ after the above.
So what do you do?
- I know you might be scared and worried. However, try not to panic and call for help.
- Place the child on their side on a flat surface preferably the floor and make sure the surroundings is clear of any objects or items.
- Loosen all clothes
- Don’t try to feed child
- Don’t try to restrain your child
- Don’t put anything in their mouth or try to give any medications or herbal treatment
- Don’t try to bath or cool of child or tepid sponge
- Take the child to the hospital immediately.
Although Febrile Seizures/ convulsions are known to have no known cause. There is a possibility that there might be another cause of the seizure or convulsions that the hospital needs to investigate.
A child with a previous history of a febrile seizure is likely to have another. However, they rarely occur after 5 years. Therefore most children outgrow febrile seizures at 5 years.
It is very important to note that Febrile seizures are not considered epilepsy or seizure disorders.
Kids who have a febrile seizure, the chances of developing epilepsy are very low.
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Story By: Mariam Kaleem-Ahmed