8 Must-Know Facts About Flu and Fever

8 Must-Know Facts About Flu and Fever

1. Fevers are generally not dangerous, but temperatures above 42 degree Celsius can cause brain damage.

Doctor’s Tip: Take a lukewarm bath. This can help to stimulate sweat and keep your body cool. Make sure the water is not too hot to avoid increasing your core temperature.

2. Peaks in body temperatures can be expected, but fevers range between 37.8 C and 39 C.

Doctor’s Tip: Wear loose, comfortable clothing. This can help your body relax and stay cool. Excess clothing can trap heat and make a fever last longer.

3. Fevers can last anywhere from 2 to 3 days. It will subside once your body overpowers the virus.

Doctor’s Tip: Sponge down with a wet towel. Soak the towel in cold water and place on your forehead. This stimulates sweat and draws heat out of the body to lower your body temperature.

4. Babies who wet less than 3 diapers/day and kids who are not urinating every 8-12 hours can be dehydrated due to a fever.

Doctor’s Tip: Drink plenty of water. Our bodies quickly lose moisture by sweating due to a fever. Drink plenty of water or non-cafeinated sports drinks with electrolytes to stay hydrated.

5. Febrile seizures are a side effect of fever in children under 5. Symptoms include twitching movements or loss of consciousness.

If Febrile Seizures Occur:

  • Put your child on his/her side
  • Remove any sharp objects that are near your child
  • Loosen tight clothing
  • Do not place anything in your child’s mouth

If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, call 995 immediately.

6. Flu viruses spread via droplets made when an infected person cough or sneeze.

Doctor’s Tip: Washing your hands frequently with soap and water may help to reduce the spread of viruses. Scrub for at least 20 seconds.

7. When having the flu, do not blow your nose too hard as the pressure can give you an earache.

Doctor’s Tip: Blow your nose by holding a finger over one nostril and gently blowing the other into a tissue.

8. The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccination every year.

Doctor’s Advice on Flu Vaccinations:

  • Seasonal influenza outbreaks occur as early as October, and often peaks in January or later
  • It takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and protect the body against infuenza virus infection.

 

It is advisable to see your doctor for medical advice if your symptoms of flu and fever persist. Join our mailing list to receive the latest health articles from MindChamps Medical!

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