6 Wrong Myths About Child Fever
Fever itself is not a disease, but as the first signs that a child’s immune system is working properly.
When body temperature rises, a fever activates the immune system and shows the body’s defense against infection. But if the fever is repeated there may be a disease that follows.
Usually the fever will speed up breathing in children which shows an increase in oxygen intake and heart will beat faster to carry blood around the body.
Besides that, the hormone released will stimulate the body to fight disease, the body will be cold or there is a natural drop in temperature to release sweat.
According to Thechildrenhospital.org, there are some false assumptions about fever in children and are only myths that developed in the community, which are:
1. Myth: If their body temperature is warm, it could be concluded that a child has a fever.
Fact: Children can have a warmer temperature for many reasons, such as playing too hard, crying or getting out of somewhere warm. Usually this condition will be normal again after 10-20 minutes.
To make sure, parents could measure the child’s body temperature using a thermometer. Children has a fever if the temperature is more than 38 degrees Celsius or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Myth: Fever is a bad conditions for children.
Fact: If the fever is still at a temperature of 37-38 degrees Celsius or 98.6 – 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is usually good for children because it helps the body fight infections.
3. Myth: All fevers should be treated with medicine
Fact: Fevers should be treated with medication if it causes discomfort and usually have a temperature over 38.8 degrees Celsius or 101.84 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Myth: Fevers cause brain damage
Fact: Brain damage occurs when the body temperature is more than 42.2 degrees Celsius or 107.96 degrees Fahrenheit, body temperature which increases this high is usually also influenced by exposure to extreme environmental temperatures.
5. Myth: If the temperature of the fever has gone down, then the infection is gone too.
Fact: Fever usually lasts for 1-2 days until your body complete fights the virus attack, therefore this process can not be rushed.
6. Myth: With medication, the fever should be back to normal.
Fact: Medication usually lowers fever as much as 2-3 degrees Celsius.