The average normal temperature in a healthy human is said to be 37°C, but this can vary quite markedly. Often people, adults and children, can run a fever of up to 40°C for several days with no danger. A temperature of 40.5°C is a serious cause for concern, but it is only when it passes above 41°C that there is a risk to life.
SEEK HELP IF:
Young mother: Doctor, in case of fever, how will I know when to bring my child to you ?
Old pediatrician: "Madam, a lot of that depends on your nerves."
DO AND DONT'S
“Give me a fever and I can cure the child” - Hippocrates
Invest in a good modern digital thermometer that gives a quick and accurate reading.
Respond to the needs of your child – Keep a hot feverish baby lightly dressed and a chilly feverish child (who feels cold and shivers) well covered.
Fever is a symptom and not a disease – it could be a helpful and necessary healing stage of an acute disease.
Article by Sister Alida