That feed baby when the fever?
To meet parents diverted by the sometimes divergent positions of physicians and relayed by the media, the French Agency of sanitary safety of health products (Afssaps) issued recommendations in early 2005. A first in France.
Have a feverish child is always a stressful event. But it is important not to give in to panic because it is most often to support enough adapted to have everything back in order.
What is that fever?
Talking fever when the temperature exceeds 38 ° C. It is a natural phenomenon of infection control. Bacteria and viruses tend to less well to develop when the temperature is 37 ° C. Similarly, white blood cells, defenders of the Organization, are most effective in a close environment of 38 ° C. Want to hunt fever is therefore not necessarily the best way to help the child heal. Thus, when your Cherub is fever but not quite feeling, it is unnecessary to seek at all costs to lower its temperature. Improve comfort may be sufficient to pass the course.
But beyond 38.5 ° C, the adverse effects of the fever prevail. Fever disrupts the welfare of the child. A high fever can sometimes even result in offspring a crisis of convulsions. These crises, rare, last only a few moments but are very impressive. The child is, suddenly, shaken generalized muscle spasms. In the vast majority of cases, the crisis is fortunately without consequences, but in this case it is still important to consult a doctor immediately.
Consult in case of fever?
In the small (less than 6 months), it is necessary to consult in the event of fever because it is difficult to judge one of the severity of the fever in infants. In the larger, if the fever is well supported and the child continues to drink, eat and play, you can start occupy you yourself. If this lasts more than 2-3 days unless the situation improves, or safe crisis of seizures, it must consult.
How to improve the comfort of the child?
Fever with generally no danger, its support will focus to improve the comfort of the child. Before resorting to the use of drugs, the Afssaps recommends a few physical measures:
-Undress the child (by not removing all her clothes) and remove his bed quilts and blankets;
-Do the possible drink
-Not heat the room (about 18-20 ° C).
The recommendations of type “make taking a bath at a temperature of 2 ° C lower than that of the body” or “apply wet compresses and pockets of ice” are most recommended by experts: the effectiveness would be limited and these measures could increase the evil being of the child. However if your child loves the water and feels well in a bath, do not hesitate to offer this moment of relaxation.