Oscillations In A Child’s Temperature


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Often, parents discover it accidentally, if they notice that the child is colder than usual, pale or unusually peaceful.

Children have insufficiently developed thermoregulatory systems, so it’s very usual for their body temperature to oscillate, and sometimes to go even below 36 degrees Celsius. This condition is called hypothermia, and usually passes without other symptoms.  And even though hypothermia is very common in children before their second year, parents shouldn’t panic because this is not a regular condition and certainly not a dangerous one.

LARGE OSCILLATIONS

If you notice large variations in temperature, you should keep in mind that most digital thermometers may be wrong. It is a common occurrence for parents to notice big temperature changes in a very short time period, but you have to be aware that the numbers may be wrong, especially when it comes to very small children. If this occurs, your child needs to be warmed up, covered, hugged and given hot beverages (tea and soup). And if in a few hours the temperature doesn’t go up, you should take your child to the doctor.

Hypothermia may be a cause of a virus infection, but sometimes it is preceded by a fever, during which parents exaggerate the use of brufen and andol. That’s why it’s important to make a laboratory leucocyte analysis, as doctors agree that hypothermia usually appears because of an inappropriate medicine use.  Today, parents are obsessed with fevers and pay no attention to the dosage of the antipyretics they give to their children – and often they overdo it.  This way they cause the fever to reach a different extreme.  And according to most pedagogues, parents should also pay attention to the showers they give their children when trying to decrease the fevers, because cooling also requires moderation.