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Surely the situation that I am going to tell you sounds familiar and a lot! You have a great summer, but September is arriving, putting the little one in nursery school and ... being day in and day out in the waiting room of your health center. Why is it that children who go to daycare are always sick?Some people have already found a word (well two) to explain it, kindergarten syndrome, but on our site we have gone further.
"My son takes it all." This is one of the most common phrases that can be heard on the doors of nurseries, and it is that it does not fail, all children who step on a nursery school for the first time end up more than one day at home with their mother or grandparents.
Fever in children is one of the most common situations that parents are going to have to face throughout the childhood stage of our little ones. In the first years of a baby's life And, especially when they start school, their body is constantly fighting to defend itself from possible infections, and this mechanism that the body has to fight external attacks is what we could call fever.
The rise in temperature facilitates the action of the body's defenses against bacteria and viruses that cause infections, so we could say that the fever is good, because it is a reaction of the body, and it is not a disease as such.
We mothers think that, by registering the little one in the nursery, we will have a little more free time and less worries, but the opposite happens, the child is constantly ill. The reason? Beatriz Martín explained it to us, within the III Meeting #ConectaConTuHijo, organized by our site: "When they begin to interact with other children and begin to come into contact with the outside world, full of bacteria and viruses different from those they have had in their reduced universe, their organism reacts with fever", and adds: "It is not necessary Forget also that in nursery schools they share pacifiers or toys and, therefore, they also share bugs. The fever is trying to make it difficult for these invaders. "
What scares parents the most about fever is that some children have a tendency to have a febrile seizure. In principle they are not serious and they pass by themselves, but they are scary a lot, so the most important thing, and the most difficult time, is to stay calm and follow these tips:
- Lay the child on his side, protecting his head.
- Do not try to stop the movements of the seizure.
- Try to lower the fever.
If after about five minutes, there is no improvement, it is best to transfer the child to the nearest medical center. If we can stop the seizure, you can give an antipyretic, and after its administration, go to the pediatrician.
It must be clarified that a febrile seizure is not an epileptic seizure, and that in most cases is not serious and disappears when the child grows.
On the basis that you only have to treat fever If it affects the general condition of the child, if not, it is not necessary, we will go on to list a series of tips, given by Beatriz Martín, to act in the face of an episode of sudden temperature rise in the child
- You do not have to always lower it, only if it is greater than 38.5 ºC, affects your general condition, has had febrile attacks or is dehydrated.
- Must be go to the pediatrician in children under 3 months always, but also if they are very down or irritable, if the temperature is greater than 40.5 or lasts more than 48 hours.
- Physical measurements how to refresh the environment so that there is no excessive heat, remove all excess clothing and, if this is not enough, try putting some cloths with warm water on the forehead, neck and wrists. All this must be done in such a way that, for the child, it is not uncomfortable, because in the end what matters to us is the well-being of the child. Cold baths or showers are not recommended because they can produce a rebound effect and our objective is not that, but that the temperature drop is gradual.
- Paracetamol dosage, adjusted to the amount indicated by the pediatrician according to the child's weight. Sometimes, if the fever is caused by a sore throat or ears, for example, ibuprofen may be more indicated. A common practice is to alternate both, but there is really no evidence of its usefulness, and conversely, it can increase the risk of errors in administration or dosage.
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