Manage fever through the guidance of renowned pediatrician Dr. Mohit Ghai at Ghai Healthcare. A child developing a fever can be a problematic experience for parents. Dr. Ghai’s extensive pediatric care experience brings expertise and reassurance to such situations.
Fever is a temporary increase in body temperature, often in response to an infection or inflammation. It is a natural response by the body to help fight off infections and stimulate the immune system.
The average normal body temperature is around 98.6°F (37°C). A fever is generally considered when the body temperature rises above 100.4°F (38°C).
Fever can be caused by various factors, including infections (such as flu, colds, or urinary tract infections), inflammatory conditions, certain medications, and, less commonly, heat-related illnesses.
Body temperature can be measured using a thermometer. Common methods include oral, rectal, ear (tympanic), and forehead (temporal artery) measurements. The method used may depend on age, the individual’s condition, and the type of thermometer available.
While many fevers resolve on their own and are a normal part of the body’s defense mechanism, it’s important to seek medical attention if the fever is persistent, accompanied by severe symptoms, or if it occurs in infants, elderly individuals, or those with compromised immune systems.
Home remedies for fever include staying hydrated, resting, and using over-the-counter fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. It’s essential to follow dosing instructions and consult a healthcare professional, especially for children or individuals with pre-existing conditions.