Fevers are a common occurrence among young children, and they often have a range of severity. Most of the time, they’re no cause for alarm: fevers are mostly reactions to infections and viruses, like colds, upper respiratory infections, common infectious diseases, or reactions to drugs. In many cases, a fever helps your child combat these viral infections, and can indicate a strong immune system. However, there are also many reasons why the presence of a fever should be a warning to go see a doctor. When a fever is abnormally high, or accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting, and other alarming symptoms. Because a fever could be caused by anything and can lead to serious health conditions, it’s important to keep a steady monitor on your child during a fever.

 

How to take your child’s temperature

Because fevers rise and fall throughout the day, you should always keep an eye on your child’s temperature every hour. Traditional methods of taking a child’s temperature include glass or digital oral thermometers, rectal thermometers (recommended for infants three months old or younger), aural thermometers (which can sometimes be less accurate than the other thermometers), and, increasingly, with digital patches. VivaLNK is a company that offers comfortable Bluetooth enabled patches which can be worn for up to three days per adhesive strip, live up to two weeks on one charge, and send temperature along with other data straight to a parent’s phone. Certainly many parents can just reach out and feel the abnormally high body heat from a child, but this is neither completely accurate nor helpful in the middle of the night when you might miss a fever spike. Vivalnk’s patch monitors the temperature throughout the day and alerts the parents through their phone should the fever rise.

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What signs to look out for

If your infant child has a rectal temperature of over 100 degrees, then you should take them to the emergency room. This is the same for children between the ages of 3 months to 3 years who have fevers of over 102.2 degrees. If they are older, you should look out for other symptoms and monitor their behaviour – if they’re abnormally tired, have difficulty breathing, have diarrhea or vomiting, but do not cry or have dry mouth and do not urinate, then these are signs you need to head to the emergency room. If you have a child who has frequent temperatures that only last a few hours a night, you should go see a doctor to make sure that it’s not a symptom of something environmental, or more serious.

 

What to do when your child has a high temperature

If your child has a fever, but with no accompanying symptoms or a dangerously high temperature, then there isn’t too much to do. Keep your child in a lightweight clothing and under light sheets or a blanket, to prevent trapped body heat and raising the temperature anymore. Your child could be sweating excessively or get the chills, and in both cases, make sure there’s plenty of water around to keep them hydrated. They should also get a lot of rest during this period, but depending on the fever, they should be able to function as normal. If your child is very young, make sure to take your child’s temperature once an hour during their fever. As traditional thermometers might hinder your child’s sleep, the VivaLNK (or any other digital health and temperature monitor) will come in handy throughout the night.

 

Since fevers are a common occurrence among children, parents are encouraged not to panic when they happen, or rush their child to the ER at the drop of a hat. While they can be serious, there are plenty of warning signs. The best thing to do is to stay around your child, make sure they have everything they need, keep them bundled (but not overbundled) and stay calm.

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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