When it comes to our children’s health, parents are desperate not to get anything wrong, to be able to see when something is wrong. There are few things that can prepare you for the job of being a parent, and the constant stress stems from the fact that there are no established rules and charts indicating how to raise children correctly. Besides health advice, education schedules and theories and other common-sense decisions, it is up to the parents to decide how to raise their children. These factors will depend on the parents’ education, culture, social status, economical possibilities and so on. However, when it comes to our kids’ health first-time parents can find themselves in the desperate situation of not knowing how to act and how to interpret their children’s symptoms.
Because everyone is preoccupied with their kids’ health and their normal development, we’re going to tell you about one of the basic tasks a parent must achieve in order to determine what is and what isn’t happening. We are referring to taking a child’s temperature. This is especially important in the first few years of children’s lives, because they aren’t capable of saying what is happening to them and what their needs are.
Our bodies have what is called “core temperature”, which is meant to be constant; when certain outside or inside factors change that, our bodies struggle to bring our core temperature to normal. When our temperature is too hot, the body increases blood flow through the skin, and small capillary blood vessels are opened so that excess heat can come out through sweat. When the temperature in our bodies is too cold, the surface blood vessels are closed and the organism tries to maintain the warmer temperature. Fever is our natural reaction and part of our defense mechanism against bacteria and viruses. So don’t immediately fear for your kids’ health if they have a fever; their bodies are trying to create heat to destroy those damaging foreign organisms.
Even though we might want to help our kids’ health by helping them reduce their fever, this might not always be the best solution. Besides, the shock of going from a high temperature to a lower one can cause seizures in some children, as their bodies are too fragile to handle the shock. The best thing you can do to help reduce your child’s high temperature is to take some of their clothes off to help them release that heat easier. However, they must not be in a cold environment, otherwise they’ll start shivering. Use thermometers to establish the accurate temperature of your children.
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