Fever in little ones is often unexpected and always unwelcome, especially at the weekend, causing anxiety and difficulties for parents. Here are a few tips for dealing with it.
Perhaps also as an effect of the tiredness that has built up over a week at nursery or pre-school, children almost always fall ill at home at the weekend, thwarting any family plans. But there's no point in letting it get to you - you might as well resign yourself to Saturday night fever, and try to handle it as best you can.
Keep an eye on the symptoms and a thermometer at hand
Shiny eyes, a red face, a hot forehead, restlessness and widespread malaise - these are the first symptoms that announce the arrival of the dreaded fever in children.
Firstly, it is important to find out how much your little one's temperature has actually increased,
so don't panic and keep the thermometer handy!
Do not attempt to lower baby's fever at all costs!
First of all, it is important to remember that it really isn't necessary to lower your baby's fever at all costs.
Fever itself is not an illness, but rather a useful immune reaction in the presence of an infection. As such, antipyretic medications should only be used if the temperature is above 38-38.5° and only after consulting a paediatrician. DIY attempts at lowering a fever should be avoided.
In order to be able to intervene appropriately, it is important to monitor the development of the fever frequently throughout the day, which is not always easy if, as is often the case, your little one protests, refusing to stay still or cooperate.
You can use an infra-red thermometer that accurately detects temperature when simply brought close to or rested upon baby's forehead or temple, taking the reading very quickly without bothering the child - it can even be done during sleep.