Human body is a beautiful machine and it also needs time to time service as well. Our body also demands good atmosphere, proper care, time to time check-up, etc. As it does not get the spare parts conveniently, you have to look after each and every part of your body. Moreover, when it comes to your little tiny ones, the concern gets more intense as they can’t express their problems. Since, they also have a weaker immunity than the adults, you tend to go extra mile to keep them safe from unnecessary health issue. Have you ever imagined, what could be the condition of parents (specifically mothers) at those challenging situations? All the mothers here can certainly understand better…. Right???
In this blog, I will share my experience and important things about viral fever or infection among toddlers that troubled my little boy back to back in a single month (the obvious reason for my late posts).
Viral fever is a profusion of viral infections generally characterized by a spike in normal body temperature. It spreads out from one person to another by direct contact with the infected person’s bodily fluids (coughing, vomiting, sneezing etc. that sprinkle body fluids). Once infected, it would take about 16 to 48 hours to convert it into a full-blown infection.
According to our paediatrician, viral fever is very common in toddlers as it can easily spread around school, childcare or kindergarten. It is also very common for children to have up to 12 viruses in one year in first few years and you will feel like they are sick all the time.
My son kept on falling sick from the starting of this year and got other infections shortly after recovering from the previous one. Overall, in these 2 months my little one has got 4 times viral fevers and doctor says that it will gradually reduce as they develop a stronger immune system. He also told us that viral infections resolve on their own and majorly happens due to a sudden change in climatic conditions.
Symptoms of viral fever
- High fever: The first and the most important symptoms of viral infection is High fever and this fever can occur at regular intervals. It comes along with chills and does not get cured immediately with medicines (it goes on for at least 48 hours). If the fever continues even after 48 hours, then contact your doctor immediately (it might be other bacteria or health issues).
- Poor appetite: Child does not take any interest in food and generally have vomiting sensations.
- Cold sores: Due to high fever, some cold sores might appear on your child’s face (my son gets cold sores under his right eye, on the right upper lip and behind right ear).
- Cold, cough and throat congestion: You can see the symptoms like dry cough, running nose and physical weakness.
Precaution to avoid viral fever
As the doctor says, it’s a process of building the child’s immune system so it can’t be avoided fully but surely someone can take precautions to avoid the severity of the situation regarding your child’s health.
- Drink fluids: Give your child plenty of fluids because they lose so much liquids from their body during fever and can cause dehydration and diarrhoea if not taken proper care. Don’t give only water, you can also give juices, broths and soups.
- Proper rest: Make sure your child gets proper rest. In viral infection antibiotic does not help but plenty of rests in home required to improve in health condition.
- Sponge bath: A lukewarm water sponge bath will not make any harm to your child if he has a raising temperature. But if he has fever below 103 degree and is active then you don’t need anything to let down fever as viral fever trying its best to fight against infections.
- Washing hand: Make sure your toddler washes their hands before touching their face with dirty hands. If cleaning hand every time is not possible then carry hand sanitizer and sanitize your kid’s hand properly.
- Use thermometer: Always keep thermometer in home and check your child’s temperature at regular intervals. This will help you to keep a track of fever and medicine to be given.
- Cover mouth while sneezing or coughing: Teach your child to cover the mouth and nose with tissue or just use their sleeves. It helps in avoiding direct contact with other people. If your child has blocked nose, then you can use nasal saline drop that will give instant relief to your child.
- Medicines: Doctors usually recommended paracetamol. Try to give the entire course even after your child feel better. Don’t give Aspirin as it can cause Reye’s syndrome (swelling of liver and brain). You can give proper immunization i.e. flu vaccination every year as per your Doctor’s prescription. Note: Before taking any medication, contact your doctor and follow their instructions.
- Precautions in day care and playschools: Ask about the hygiene followed by school like staffs cleaning hands, cleaning rooms and toys, sanitize the toys regularly etc. make sure your child not sharing water bottles, cups or cutlery with other children. It can’t fully avoid viral infections but to some extent it will help decreasing the chance.
This blog is based on my experience and my personal discussions while visiting my kid’s doctor. We can’t avoid illness entirely from our life as illness teaches us the importance of our health. It’s just a phase that will pass but with precautions it does not take us to the serious trouble.
One more important thing. As we are facing the serious challenge from Covid-19 now, let’s not take any risk with our precious little ones even if it is a normal infection. If you like this blog, do share with your friends and loved ones.