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Recently, a doctor on the plane provided proper treatment for a child with high fever convulsions, making the children who were originally at risk of life receive treatment in a timely manner. The flight is also free from major losses such as returning to the sea and won praise from many netizens. But in the emergency room for those anxious parents, do you know how to communicate with them properly?

In fact, many parents have many misunderstandings about their children’s fever. Anxious parents are often overwhelmed with feverish children. This was interpreted by experts from Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver, USA.


Misunderstanding 1

The child feels fever is a fever

Fact: There are many reasons why children feel hot. Hard play, crying, and just getting out of a warm bed, or outdoors on a hot day, will make the body hot. However, under these circumstances, the child’s skin temperature will return to normal within 10 to 20 minutes. When the above reasons are ruled out, if the child still feels feverish or uncomfortable, 80% may be really feverish. The following are the fever standards when measuring body temperature: the anus, ears or brachial artery: 38 °C and above; oral cavity: 37.8 °C and above; armpits: 37.2 °C and above.


Misunderstanding 2

Fever is harmful to health


Fact: Fever starts the body’s immune system and is one of the body protection mechanisms. Ordinary fever (37.8 ~ 40 °C) can help sick children resist infections in the body, which is usually good for the body.

Misunderstanding 3

Children are prone to convulsions due to fever

Fact: Only 4% of children will develop febrile seizures. Conspicuous febrile convulsions often manifest themselves as sudden loss of consciousness, upward eyeballs, stiff facial muscles, convulsions or convulsions. A domestic pediatrician explained that even if there is no drug treatment, most children’s convulsions may ease in a short period of time, so parents should not be easy to move children, pay attention to keep the child sideways to prevent aspiration .


Misunderstanding 4

Hot convulsions are harmful

Fact: Although the febrile convulsion looks terrible, it usually stops within 5 minutes and does not cause permanent damage to the body. It also does not make children more at risk. However, the next time you have a fever, you may have a tendency to relapse. If the convulsions are more than 5 minutes, go to the hospital immediately for treatment.


Misunderstanding 5

Fever will burn brains (fever over 40°C is dangerous)


Fact: Fever and infection do not cause damage to the brain. When the body temperature is higher than 42°C, fever will cause damage to the brain. And only when the body is at extreme ambient temperatures will body temperature be so high. (For example, keeping children in a closed car on a hot day)


Misunderstanding 6

Treatment of fever must take medicine

Fact: Only fever requires treatment when it causes discomfort. Dong Lijuan, director of the Infectious Diseases Management Department of Beijing Children’s Hospital, said that if the child’s body temperature does not reach 38.5°C, it is not necessary to treat it. Drink plenty of water. However, if the child is mentally weak, crying, and pale, she needs treatment.

Misunderstanding 7

If you do not cool down in time, your body temperature will always increase

Fact: This is wrong. There is a constant temperature regulator in the brain, so the fever caused by the infection, the body temperature will often reach the highest point at 39.5 ~ 40 °C, and rarely exceed 40.6 ~ 41.1 °C. Even if the latter, the body will not be harmed.


Misunderstanding 8

 The body temperature does not fall and the cause of the infection is certainly very serious

Fact: Fever that does not respond to drugs may be caused by viruses or bacteria and is not related to the severity of the infection.


Misunderstanding 9

After the body temperature drops, it will not rebound

Fact: Most fevers caused by viral infections usually last 2 to 3 days. Therefore, when the drug strength gradually weakens, the body temperature will return to its original level and need to be treated again. Heat only disappears when the virus is completely overpowered.


Misunderstanding 10

If the body temperature is high during fever, it means the condition is very serious

Fact: The body temperature is high at the time of fever and the cause is not necessarily serious. But if your child looks very sick. The cause may be more serious. Some doctors believe that a small part of the severe fever will appear without spirit, the symptoms of fever will continue to persist after taking the medicine, and the appearance of gray hair will appear.


Misunderstanding 11

The oral temperature is low fever at 37.1-37.8°C

Fact: The temperature in this range is normal. Body temperature changes throughout the day, and it usually reaches its highest point in the afternoon and evening. The real range of low-grade fever is 37.8~39°C.


In fact, fever is not a bad thing, it can help children get rid of infection. It is often a manifestation of a child with better immunity against pathogens.

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