Understanding Fever In Children

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Fever is not a disease but a symptom. Fever occurs when the immune system is fighting infection. In medical terms, a person known to have a fever when body temperature reaches 37.5 ° Celsius or more.

The most rapid way, precise, and easy to find out if your child has a fever is to check his temperature. Examination of the body temperature is done by using a thermometer. Do not rely on palpation hand to measure fever. The temperature of the child could be higher than expected.
Children often experience fever and in general cause of fever is not something that is serious or life-threatening. In most cases, the fever will disappear by itself.

Conditions fever itself actually has a function and benefits on the body. With increasing temperature, the immune system will be faster in producing antibodies and white blood cell doubling needed to fight infection-causing microorganisms. In addition, higher body temperature can also inhibit the growth of bacteria or virus in the body.

The fever is more common in infants under five years than in older children. This is because the immune system in infants has not been well established. High or persistent fever in infants need to watch out because their body temperature regulation system is not yet fully developed.

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