When your child develops a temperature it can be a very worrying time, particularly for new mothers. However a temperature is generally nothing to panic about. The human body deliberately increases its heat levels as part of it's defence against infection. The only danger is in some cases the body may continue to increase its temperature to such an extent that it may lead to a fit or convulsion. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can follow to stabilize your child's temperature and ensure this doesn't happen:
1. Give her the appropriate medication. Liquid paracetamol is the most common and effective treatment for a temperature in a child.
2. Make her comfortable. You should take off all her clothes, right down to the underwear. If she is lying in bed take off any sheets or blankets. Even if she says she is cold don't wrap her up warm. As long as the room is at the right temperature, she will be fine.3. Make the room comfortable. The temperature of the room your child is in is crucial. It needs to be well ventilated and approximately 70°F to 74°F.
4. Use a towel or sponge with moderately warm water on her face and body. Similarly put her in a bath or shower, again with luke warm water. The temptation is to use cold water but this will only makes the situation worse. The body needs to be cooled down gradually.
5. Keep her hydrated. You must ensure your child drinks plenty of fluids even if she is vomiting most of it back up. Without this, dehydration will begin to set in and you will be faced with a whole new set of problems.
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