One of the most obvious disorders that cause families fear is convulsions that occur in children after fevers, and every time a child has a fever, a fear of convulsions appears in the parents’ hearts, making convulsions one of the most common disorders associated with fever. Here we will discuss the causes of fever in children and how to prevent convulsions caused by fever in children so that you can do your best to improve their health.
Cause of fever:
First, we examine the causes of fever in children and the things that cause a child to have a fever before we discuss seizures caused by fever in children. Fever is not a disease in itself, but a sign of a disease or a specific problem in the body.
A child’s fever can be diagnosed as follows:
A simple way to detect fever in children is to kiss their foreheads. When you feel that your child’s body is warm and has a fever, kiss his forehead. If you feel it is hot, your child has a fever.
During teething, your child may have a fever, and this is nothing to worry about, but when the fever exceeds 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius, the cause needs to be investigated.
Wearing a lot of clothes can cause fever:
The baby’s body is unable to regulate its temperature when he is covered with too much clothing, which causes fever. Even if you place the child in a warm room and cover him with a blanket, his body heats up and he gets a fever. Any baby under three months old with a fever should be taken to the doctor as it may be caused by an illness or infection.
One of the main causes of fever in the body is infection. A fever stimulates the body’s defense mechanism when it suffers from disease or infection.
There is a possibility that the fever is caused by the vaccine:
Infants and children often get fever after vaccination, so it is best to ask the nurse or doctor about the child’s fever after vaccination.
What is the best time to take a feverish child to the doctor?
Whenever you feel that your child is unwell, make sure that you take him to the doctor so that the necessary measures can be taken so that he can be treated. Normal and healthy children have a body temperature between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius. You should take your child to the emergency room if his fever exceeds 38 degrees if he is under 3 months of age.
Do not just focus on the degree of fever when your child has a fever. Monitor his age and behavior as well. A child’s age and behavior after rectal temperature are important factors to consider. If your child’s body temperature is high, but he is not lethargic and behaves normally, there is no need to worry. When a child experiences fever with loss of appetite, lethargy, and lethargy, it is concerning. It is also important to consider the child’s age. A fever in a baby under 3 months is very serious and should be treated as soon as possible.
The fever that develops in the child’s body after he wakes up from sleep or the fever that occurs as a result of play and physical activity are not cause for concern.
Taking your body temperature seriously at the end of the day and at sunset is not a good idea.
Do we need to see a doctor when we have a fever?
After controlling your child’s rectal fever, if his body temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius after you have controlled his rectal fever, you should see a doctor.
You should see a doctor if your child’s rectal temperature exceeds 38.3 degrees Celsius.
Fever-related symptoms that need to be taken seriously!
It is important to monitor your child’s behavior when he has a fever, and if you see any of the following symptoms, take him to the emergency room so the necessary measures can be taken under the supervision of a doctor:
Lethargic children with fevers
Paleness and lethargy are symptoms of a fever in children
Fever-induced reluctance to eat in children
Fever-induced redness of the child’s face
You notice your child’s mood and behavior changing when he has a fever
Fever-related diseases include:
Infection caused by bacteria:
The appearance of red spots on the child’s body along with a fever may indicate a bacterial infection.
The epiglottis can become inflamed when a child drools and has difficulty swallowing. A child with epiglottitis has swelling in the back of the throat, which makes swallowing difficult. The child’s health is at risk if this issue is not investigated.
Infection with pneumonia:
Children who breathe hard and still have difficulty breathing after cleaning their noses may have asthma or pneumonia.
Your child may have a serious viral or bacterial infection if he has a fever and shows symptoms such as confusion, delirium, and bad behavior.
You should definitely take your child to the doctor if he has cough, diarrhea, and earache along with fever.
To reduce fever at home, follow these steps:
Take your child to the doctor as soon as possible if you see a fever in children under 3 months without taking any action.
Children older than 3 months with fevers that are not accompanied by the symptoms above can be treated with acetaminophen drops. Children 6 months and older can use ibuprofen syrup to reduce fever. Ask the doctor about another medicine to lower your child’s fever if acetaminophen does not work after an hour.
Acetaminophen drops should be used instead of ibuprofen syrup for children under 6 months of age.
In cases where your child does not have other symptoms, such as lethargy, diarrhea, loss of appetite, etc. along with the fever, you do not need to take him to the doctor, and you can lower his fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, depending on his age. If the child’s fever does not stop after 24 hours, then you should consult a doctor to determine the cause and to begin treatment.
Why should fever be stopped if it is to defend the body against bacteria?
A fever is the body’s natural defense against bacteria, but high body temperatures in a child cause lethargy, loss of appetite, and delay treatment. By drinking fluids and eating food, you can help a child recover and treat the disease by lowering the fever, which causes symptoms such as loss of appetite and lethargy. A child’s fever can be reduced with acetaminophen or ibuprofen without disrupting his or her body’s fight against bacteria and viruses. Any antipyretic drug, including acetaminophen and ibuprofen, should be taken under the supervision of a physician.
To lower a child’s fever, follow these steps:
As a result of the increase in body temperature, your child will suffer from a lack of water in his body, so you should increase the frequency of breastfeeding, or if your child is not an infant, offer him pasteurized milk or other liquids to compensate for his lack of water.
Dress your child in loose cotton clothes and reduce his body temperature as much as you can. When your child’s body temperature rises but he or she is not lethargic, you don’t need to see a doctor, but you can stop the fever with simple measures.
To reduce the child’s fever, you can also encourage him to rest and splash him with lukewarm water. Splashing with cold water may cause the child to shiver.
It is important to note:
The use of alcohol in water for spraying is not recommended because alcohol enters the child’s body through the skin and poses a health threat. It also increases the likelihood of convulsions and causes breathing problems in the child.
In children, acetaminophen and ibuprofen should be used as follows:
To lower the fever of children under 6 months, doctors usually prescribe acetaminophen drops. The dosage depends on the child’s weight. Use of acetaminophen should be repeated every 4 hours, and more than the recommended amount should not be taken. When acetaminophen does not relieve the fever in children older than 6 months, the doctor prescribes ibuprofen, which should be taken every 6 hours as directed by the doctor. Ibuprofen should not be given to children under 6 months of age.
If you give aspirin to your child, they will develop Reye’s disease.
If you are giving your child cold medicine along with a fever reducer, read their brochure so that they do not contain fever reducers and avoid giving other fever reducers along with acetaminophen and ibuprofen separately.
If the child’s fever does not go down after giving medicine, what should we do?
When the child’s fever does not go down after half an hour to 45 minutes after taking the fever, check the amount of the child’s medicine to make sure it is sufficient, and if the child’s fever still does not go down with the appropriate dose of the medicine. Your child should be prescribed a different fever medicine by the relevant doctor.
Seizures caused by fever: what should be done?
When fever is not well controlled, it can lead to convulsions in the child, so it is best to be knowledgeable in this field to take the necessary measures when convulsions occur. Convulsions will occur in your child when the fever reaches 38.9 to 40.5 degrees Celsius. In the first place, you should lower your child’s fever by taking basic measures to prevent convulsions, and if it does not reduce, you should seek medical attention. Anyhow, when your child’s fever crosses the border and leads to convulsions, you should do the following:
It is true that convulsions caused by fever are safe, but this does not diminish their importance, and necessary measures should be taken when convulsions occur.
Seizures cause a child’s hands and feet to move violently and his eyes to become black. Due to his saliva coming out in the form of foam, you need to sleep the child on his side to prevent his saliva and vomit from blocking his breathing. The duration of each seizure usually ranges from 30 seconds to 3-4 minutes. Keep calm during this time and refrain from feeding the child anything.
Children with fever and seizures:
As soon as the child’s convulsion is over, remove his clothes and leave him alone. If your child is alert, give him acetaminophen and if he is older than 6 months, give him ibuprofen, and try to lower his body temperature. The baby should be given milk and washed with lukewarm water and a sponge if he is an infant.
Take your child to the doctor after the mild seizure is over or call him for guidance. In the event that the seizure lasts more than a few minutes and the intensity is so high that the child’s skin turns blue and bruised, take the child to the emergency room of the hospital so that the necessary measures can be taken.
In children, how long does a fever last?
A fever in a child is usually caused by an infection, and the fever will persist for two to three days until the cause is eliminated. After 48 hours, children who take antibiotics usually stop having fevers. Fever caused by an infection in the body can be temporarily stopped with acetaminophen and ibuprofen, but the fever will not go away until the infection is eliminated. It is important to consult a doctor to take appropriate antibiotics to eliminate the infection in the body as medicines do not eliminate fever and infection.