You can tell if your child has a fever by touching his forehead and if you think that he feels warmer than usual, check his temperature. According to American Academy of Pediatrics, the normal body temperature for a healthy child is between 36 to 38 degrees Celsius.
Never use a mercury thermometer when checking your kid’s temperature. Use a digital thermometer instead as this is much safer. If you need to check the temperature rectally, make sure you follow the instruction label of the product to prevent accidentally poking a hole in the rectum. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it rectally, use a different method. Do not take oral temperature if your child is less than 4 years old.With my son, we use tympanic and digital thermometers. He usually hates it so I have to really hold him close so we could get an accurate reading.
With medications, you can give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen. We have tylenol and kool fever patches at home as needed for fever. Do not administer more than the recommended dose. Never ever give your child aspirin as this may result to Reye’s Syndrome which can be really fatal. Should you have questions, always call your child’s healthcare provider.
Having fever is not fun for kids and even for adults. So you probably would understand if your child is not on his usual self. You must to note if fever is not getting better or if your child is not eating or drinking his milk and looks dehydrated or if they won’t stop crying and you think they probably might be in pain. These are not good signs and you definitely need to call the advice nurse or you may need to Urgent Care or Emergency.