Fever is a common illness that occurs due to an increase in body temperature as a result of an infection. There are several causes for fever like changing weather, poor hygiene, and sometimes, even teething. Viral or bacterial infections also cause fever, as the body’s immune system fights the infections, thereby increasing the body temperature. It is also common in kids with low immunity and hence, a proper diet is necessary to ensure the safety of your child.
An important question is when to worry about fever? Doctors suggest that most viral infections subside on their own once they complete their, while a bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotics and the treatment should start within 12 hours of registering the fever. Lack of knowledge and information result in parents getting alarmed at fever, but it is quite normal for children to have one. Home remedies like a mix of ginger and tulsi can also be used to treat a seasonal fever. Fever induces loss of appetite and lack of fluids in the body. Thus, feeding your child with a healthy diet rich in fluids is suggested. Feeding small portions at regular intervals is better than over-feeding. Also, soups and other warm fluids are recommended.
According to uptodate.com, "In most cases, a child with a fever can be observed and/or treated at home. However, it is important for parents to know when a child with a fever needs to be evaluated by a healthcare provider, when fever should be treated, and when it is reasonable to observe the child without treating the fever.”
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