My 2 and a half year old son, is in and out of fever since Saturday night. I didn't bring him to the clinic immediately unlike when he is younger because he has no other symptom. At 1 am on Sunday he has a temperature of 39.5 degrees celsius and was crying as he was uncomfortable from the heat. I sponged him every hour or so, because I ran out of fever medicine at that time. So the next day I bought a bottle of liquid paracetamol for children 1 to 6 years of age. I mixed it into his bottle of milk because the last time I fed him medicine he vomited along with his food. Actually I meant to get medicine from the store's pharmacist but the pharmacy side of the Pharmacy is closed on weekend. So we had to get by with on the counter medicine.
He drank his milk with Strawberry paracetamol without any rejection. I also offered him water every now and then, he sipped some and refused at others. I fed him bread, rice and roti canai but he consumed only a little bit each time. And after he ate a portion he will go "Bu Tan" which means "Ibu makan." So I end up finishing most of his meals.
So today I took him to the clinic first before going to the office. Firstly the doctor measured his fever and it was 36.6 degrees which shows he isn't feverish by day. Then after a bit of prodding the we went outside. The doctor checked the usuals; eyes, heartbeat, throat (baby didn't open because he was crying - I took away my phone which he was playing games on just before the nurse called :P), and asked questions - answer; no coughs, no diarrhea, a little flu.
I didn't manage to ask the doctor nor did the doctor explain what is happening to my child. We waited for a bit and the nurse gave me his meds, a bottle of antibiotic, flu med and something med. 3 bottles of medicine I will have no idea how to feed him. This time I can't put it all in his bottle la kan.
Anyway I did a bit of googling, and his symptoms which are high temperature fevers which is mostly at night. One of the results is Roseola. But Roseola only happens to children less than 2 years old. I wrote a status about googling my baby's symptoms and a few friends shared their techniques on how to reduce his fever. I will try the asam jawa method, that sounds traditional. I think the technique is to soak asam jawa in water and use it to reduce his heat.
Actually the first night my son went down with fever I googled on how to reduce his fever but I read somewhere that fever is the body's way to fight an infection. Doctors usually prescribe meds to relieve the patient so they won't feel so uncomfortable while being sickly. Like Paracetamol, it is thought to make the body don't feel the pain so much
"However, it is now thought that it works by reducing the production of prostaglandins in the brain and spinal cord. Prostaglandins are produced by the body in response to injury and certain diseases. One of their actions is to sensitise nerve endings, so that when the injury is stimulated it causes pain (presumably to prevent us from causing further harm to the area). As paracetamol reduces the production of these nerve sensitising prostaglandins it is thought it may increase our pain threshold, so that although the injury remains, we can feel it less.
It still hurts but paracetamol minimizes it.
Well, it's 6 pm something and I have to get off early. My son turns feverish around this time yesterday so I better go fetch him.
ps: I am thinking of turning my blog into something profitable but I have to keep up with exciting contents, maybe you have suggestions?
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