How do you know when fever is a problem and needs to be dealt with? Here is some information to help you.
You’ve probably experienced waking in the middle of the night to find your child flushed, hot, and sweaty. Your little one’s forehead feels warm. You immediately suspect a fever, but are unsure of what to do next. Should you get out the thermometer? Call the doctor?
Fevers occur when the body’s internal thermostat raises the body’s temperature above the “normal” level. Now we ask what is a “normal” temperature for a child that is not in fact ill or when they have a fever?
The body’s thermostat is at a normal temperature of around 37° C, it will send a message to your body to keep it that way. In most cases the body temperature rises a bit as the day proceeds and the kids become more active, but it will soon go back to 37° C as the child goes down to rest.
Sometimes, though, the hypothalamus will “reset” the body to a higher temperature in response to an infection, illness, or some other cause. Why? Researchers believe turning up the heat is the body’s way of fighting the germs that cause infections and making the body a less comfortable place for them.
When your child’s fever spikes to 38.3° C that is when you know your child has a fever and you should call the doctor if you are not certain about it.