SAFAKNA TURKEY – Also of great importance is the correct action of parents when the child’s temperature rises, otherwise many problems can develop, from hypothermia to drug poisoning. Specialist in Child Health and Diseases, Dr. Tarkan Ikisoglu, lecturer, talked about bad habits to avoid when the temperature is high; gave important advice and warnings.
Upper respiratory infections such as colds and flu are very common among children during the winter months. One of the biggest fears of parents with these diseases is “high temperature”. Acibadem Maslak Hospital Pediatrician Dr. Lecturer Tarkan Ikisoglu noted that high fever, which is a common symptom of infectious diseases, is actually not harmful to children, but rather beneficial. Therefore, there is no need to try to immediately reduce the fever in children. However, if the child does not feel well during the feverish period and is lethargic, it is possible to improve his well-being with the help of antipyretic drugs that the doctor will recommend.
Give medicine immediately. WRONG! FACT: If the fever is well tolerated by your child, you do not need to give medication immediately. If there is an infection, then lowering the temperature does not solve the problem faster, does not eliminate the cause. If the temperature is not too high and your child is not feeling unwell, you can take them off and take a warm shower. If he does not feel well, it is important to give antipyretics, paying attention to doses and intervals between doses. Dr. Teacher Tarkan Ikisoglu warns: “If the fever does not go down within 72 hours, despite taking medication, you should definitely see a doctor.”
Not giving enough water. WRONG! TRUE: Dr. Reminding that it is very important to regularly give fluids to the child at a high temperature, teacher Tarkan Ikisoglu continues: “Prevention of dehydration is vital. Because fluid balance plays a key role in both resistance to fever and the efficient functioning of the immune system. For this reason, even if your child doesn’t want to, raise the temperature in the room with a lot of “he’s cold.” WRONG! FACT: A baby’s body temperature rises faster when the ambient temperature is high. Therefore, the ambient temperature must remain constant and be in the range of 18-20°C. In addition, a feverish child’s need for air increases, so the air should not be too humid or too dry for comfortable breathing. Regular ventilation of the room also helps prevent germs from entering the environment.
Child cover. WRONG! TRUTH: Don’t cover your child when they have a fever. To reduce the feeling of cold, choose thin cotton clothing or blankets that won’t raise your body temperature. Because young children, especially newborns, when they are too tightly dressed in hot environments, they can get fevers because they cannot balance their body temperature. Therefore, when firing them, it is necessary not to dress them too thickly and not to cover them. However, since this will cause your body temperature to drop too much and cause you to catch a cold, you should watch out for a fever and dress appropriately when it drops.
Wash in cold water. WRONG! FACT: It is not recommended to wash a child with a febrile cold with cold water, as this will make him feel worse. If the body temperature does not decrease despite taking an antipyretic drug, showering with warm water will increase the effect of the drug.
Rub with cologne and vinegar water. WRONG! FACT: Acidic liquids such as vinegar or alcohol are believed to reduce heat by increasing evaporation due to the volatile nature of alcohol. However, studies have not shown any positive effect of such liquids. On the contrary, when absorbed through the skin, they can lead to signs of poisoning in children.
Application of ice and ice packs. WRONG! TRUTH: Child health and disease specialist Dr. Professor Tarkan İkızoğlu warns that the use of “ice or ice packs” is definitely not recommended for high fevers due to infection, and says: “Such procedures can increase the child’s feeling of cold, as well as increase the functioning of the body’s heating mechanisms. the fever rises even more.”
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