fever in young children can be quite harmless. Before you go to the doctor, you should first rule out other causes. For example, has the child been really romping around in the last half hour? This can actually be the reason for an elevated body temperature, and after a short period of rest it is fever gone again. There’s another reason that’s as simple as that: overdressed. toddlers often cannot express themselves in such a way that they are understood in every case, and they may not know the context. That’s where the parents come in. And in this case, too, there is an easy remedy.
Infections – the #1 cause of fever in young children
The fever associated with an infection in small children is of a somewhat more serious nature. Fever is a natural reaction of the body to viruses or bacteria, which usually do not like an increased body temperature. The fever inhibits its spread and thus helps massively to fight the infection. In these cases, fever is not the cause but a consequence of the infection.
First of all, fever should be seen positively. The infant’s immune system is intact when it reacts to an infection with a fever. And that it is more or less often confronted with an infection is a matter of course at this age. In kindergarten, it is unavoidable that the small child becomes infected. Infectious diseases are often only noticed when it is already too late for an infection. But then you usually know quite quickly which infection it is and can then decide for yourself whether a doctor’s visit is necessary or whether it is sufficient to let the toddler stay in bed – if he is ready for it. At the very least, one should prevent it from becoming a source of infection for others.
Children’s diseases – often a source of fever
There are some serious childhood illnesses that can be vaccinated against. This is recommended. Others, on the other hand, are more harmless, and it is even good if the child gets them in infancy. They are often less severe at this age, leading to lifelong immunity to the disease. You shouldn’t prevent that. Because if these diseases only appear in adulthood, they are often associated with complications.
Girls in particular also have rubella, a viral disease that can be vaccinated against, and even after an illness, girls are immune for life. However, if you only get rubella during pregnancy, complications and malformations in the child can be expected.
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