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Fever with babies and children


Body temperature is a measure of the body's ability to generate and get rid of heat. The human body temperature normally varies between 36.5°C and 37.5°C. In most adults, an oral temperature above 38°C or a rectal or ear temperature above 38.3°C is considered a fever. A child has a fever when his or her rectal temperature is 38°C or higher.

How high can a baby's fever go?

With small babies and children, the fever can go quite high. Sometimes the fever runs as high as 41 degrees. In general however, you do not have to worry so much if your baby or child has such a high fever. The intensity of the fever is not directly related to the severity of the disease.

Why do babies and children get a fever?

In principle, fever is a normal and necessary reaction of the body as in begins its battle against germs such as viruses and bacteria. During fever, our white blood cells (leukocytes, immune cells) work a lot more effectively. An additional advantage is that higher temperature slows virus multiplication and impedes bacterial growth.

Some childhood diseases induce fever, but that can also happen after a vaccine. Small children and babies can get a fever with a cold for instance, so do not worry too much.


Treatment of fever because of the flu: my tip

Fever because of the flu? Of course make sure to strenghten your resistance. For children 12 and up, the resistance can be stimulated with Echinaforce tablets or drops. For younger children, try Echinaforce Junior.

- Krista Halton, Flu Coach

Echinaforce Tablets
The best tip with insufficient resistance, the flu or a cold? Echinaforce tablets. 
Echinaforce tablets contain proven effective ingredients which reinforce the immune system. Hereby the resistance increases against bacterial and viral infections. It reduces your risk of getting sick, and allows you to recover more quickly if you do! More info

A.Vogel Echinaforce® Junior 
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A.Vogel Echinaforce® Junior Tablets can be taken daily to prevent infections. Prevention is especially important for those who are more vulnerable to infections, it helps to:

  • maintain an immune system that remains on alert and deals promptly with the first signs of infection
  • reduce the need for antibiotics or other medication
  • helps maintain a better quality of life with fewer sick days away from school or the office.

Watch the video about natural support for the flu and diminished resistance from the beautiful A.Vogel Garden.

Suppress the fever of babies and small children?

A rise of the body temperature paralyzes the activity of various germs. Suppressing the fever actually goes against this natural reaction. However, it is customary in the medical world to suppress the fever as quickly as possible with, for instance, acetaminophen. In his days, Alfred Vogel was advocating to consider “fever more as a helper than as an enemy”. Thankfully, this is now a commonly accepted opinion.

Tips for fever

Let your child drink a lot. Preferably water.

If your baby is breastfeeding, be extra careful that your child drinks enough. If needed you can give some extra water.

Because a fevered child does not usually have an appetite, it is no problem if he or she does not eat for a couple of days.

Be careful that your child is not dressed too warmly. If so, the fever may get higher, which is not necessary.

If the child is cold, a hot shower or bath is very nice.

Of course, you should foster good resistance

What is febrile convulsion?

Febrile convulsion is a kind of fever attack, which may occur with young children aged 6 months to five years. The symptoms of febrile convulsion with a child are:

  • Shaking and pulling movements with arms and legs;
  • The child seems disconnected with the world for a short while;
  • Febrile convulsion may last up to 15 minutes;
  • After that, the child may be befuddled or drowsy for an hour or so.

What to do in case of febrile convulsion?

  • Put your child on his side or his stomach with the head down;
  • Call your general practitioner immediately.

When to call the doctor with a fevered baby or child?

Go to your general practitioner if a child with a fever:

  • is younger than three months;
  • is older than three months and the fever lasts longer than three days; 

Also, take note of the following signs. The child:

  • is drowsy and not easy to wake up; 
  • moans or cries and cannot be consoled;
  • gets a rash during the fever;
  • is anxious or starts breathing differently, for instance, breathes more quickly or does not breathe for short periods;
  • gets a different complexion (gets pale, bluish or greyish);
  • gets sicker quickly;
  • gets sicker and starts vomiting or has diarrhea;
  • drinks much less than usual (less than half than normal);
  • gets febrile convulsion;
  • is known to have reduced resistance or has a disease that increases the risk with an infection;
  • gets a high fever again, after a couple of fever-free days;
  • if there are other symptoms you worry about

What do you think?

Have you found what you read useful? If so, I would love if you would leave your comment below. Thanks! Krista your A.Vogel Flu Coach

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