Children are very susceptible to illnesses like
fever and heatstroke. Let us take a look at the common symptoms of these
illnesses and what parents can do to help children cope with such illnesses.
is one of the common illnesses that affect children with the changing weather
and heatstroke is caused mainly during summers. Although, these illnesses are
common, parents must take right measure when children get affected with such
illnesses. Here are some of the common symptoms and tips for parents to deal
with such illnesses.
Causes of Fever in
Viral and bacterial
infections are the common causes of fever in children. Fever is
nothing but body’s own mechanism to fight infections. Children may also get
affected with fever due to the allergic reaction to certain drugs or as a
side-effect of certain vaccinations.
But parents should not take these issues lightly and get the child examined by
doctor as early as possible.
Symptoms of Fever in
Have a quick look at some of
the common symptoms of fever
in children which can be observed along with increased body temperature.
Dryness in mouth
Tips for Dealing with Fever
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. Encourage your child to drink more and
more fluids. You can prepare soup, rice-kanji or semolina porridge for your
child. You can also give glucose drink made using glucose powder that is
available in various flavours like orange, lemon etc. It will help your child
to cope with dehydration and dryness in mouth.
remedies will help you to provide relief to your child from the symptoms of
fever to a certain extent. But, you must get your child examined by your
doctor. Never give any over-the-counter medicines to your child.
If children are exposed to
an extremely hot weather, they can get affected with heatstroke. They are more
likely to get affected with heatstroke if they are dehydrated. Heatstroke may
also affect children who are travelling in hot car or left in car by their
parents. The temperature in parked car is very much higher than the actual
temperature which can cause heatstroke within few minutes. Therefore, parents
should never leave children in parked car as lot of hot car deaths are recorded
Symptoms of Heatstroke
symptoms of a heatstroke are hot and dry skin, very high fever, diarrhoea,
agitation or lethargy, confusion, convulsions
and loss of consciousness.
Tips for Dealing with Heatstroke
child affected with heatstroke needs immediate attention. If you think that
your child has heatstroke, take your child to a cool place and 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. Give your child
water to drink. You can give ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) to your child for
providing her immediate relief from heatstroke. Encourage your child to drink
lots and lots of fluid. Make her sit under the fan in a nice, cool and
Fever and heatstroke are common
illnesses but children coping with these illnesses should be provided immediate
attention and care. Do not ignore such illnesses thinking that they are common.
You must contact your doctor immediately in order to prevent such illnesses
from becoming severe.
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