Fever and Heatstroke
Do not be scared of fever, because
in fact it helps the body fight infection. Avoid drugs for lowering
the temperature as far as possible. Try to use physical methods for
keeping the skin cool - with the help of light clothing, fan or air conditioner;
sponging the whole body with a tap or stored water; applying cold packs
on foreheads or limbs, and allowing free flow of air into the room.
The symptoms of a heatstroke are
hot and dry skin, very high fever, diarrhoea, agitation or lethargy, confusion,
convulsions and loss of consciousness. If you think that your child has
heatstroke, call the doctor. Wrap your baby in a large towel that has been
soaked in ice water. As soon as the towel becomes warm, change it for a
fresh chilled one.
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