Values

Parents have fever phobia


If you consider that you belong to that large group of parents who when they detect a rise in temperature in their children, above 38ºC, you feel the need to go immediately to the pediatrician or take them to the emergency room, do not hesitate, you suffer from feverphobia.

The term is not in psychiatric manuals, it is a state of mind that is experienced with anguish, but it has treatment: common sense, tranquility and, above all, a lot of information. And the fact is that fever is a useful symptom to fight infections, which acts as a sterilization mechanism against the germs that attack the body's immune system and serves to destroy them.

The hackneyed resort to paracetamol and ibuprofen constitutes a new failure of the information age, as recognized by some specialists. For those who have too long a hand when it comes to administering antipyretics to their children, the new instruction that they should abide by is to consult the pediatrician first and resort to medications only when the child is very down or his general condition is seen very affected. The only exception to this rule concerns newborns.

When a baby less than three months old has a fever, they should always be taken to the emergency room, because although in most cases it is not a serious problem, newborns are more vulnerable to infections. After 2 years, the immune system is more mature and it is not necessary to resort to antipyretics systematically.

But why do most parents have fever phobia? It seems that the origin of the feeling of danger that it causes in fever revolves around the many false beliefs that circulate around the rise in temperature.

One of them is that fever can trigger epileptic seizures, a myth that dismantles when knowing that febrile seizures only affect 2 percent of children and, when they do occur, they do not always cause brain damage or seizures.

Another false belief is that if we cannot lower the fever it is because it is a serious disease, when the truth is that some serious diseases can cause a very low fever and other milder ones, such as those caused by viruses, can put the thermometer to the Red alive.

True or not, fever phobia is not a new phenomenon. It affects parents, especially at this time of year when colds, flu, bronchitis and pneumonia are rampant in the classrooms and galleries of schools and institutes.

You can read more articles similar to Parents have fever phobia, in the category of Childhood Illnesses on site.


Video: Fever Phobia. How High is too High? (January 2022).