Rainy Season, Children and Viral Fever

BOX – Parents, you don’t have to sing “rain rain, go away” this season! This monsoon, boost your child’s immune system and learn how to prevent illnesses in the rainy season

absRainy season is seasons of fever. It is pleasant but it gets lot of illnesses along with it. While kids might love to get drenched in the first shower of the season, REFRAIN is the word that you must bear in mind if you wish your kid to stay healthy and at a safe distance from viral infections. Do take certain precautions during rainy season so you can keep illnesses away from you.

What is a fever?
A fever is when the body temperature is 38° C (100° F) or higher. Fever means that the body temperature is higher than normal. Fever often means your child has an infection, but other conditions can also cause fever without any infection.

How do you know if a young child has a fever?
Observe the child. A young child with a fever will often appear ill.

The child may:
= look flushed or pale
= feel hot or cool to the touch
= be fussy or groggy
= have “goose bumps,” shivers or tremors
= sweat and/or
= be thirsty
Take the child’s temperature.
With viral fever other common symptoms also common like red eye, watering eyes, sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, headache, fatigue, muscle pain.

What causes viral fever?
Viral fever, as the name suggests, is a condition that is transmitted from one person to another through direct contact with the person’s bodily fluids. This is much simpler than you think.

When a person coughs, sneezes, yawns or even talks they tend to spray tiny particles of fluid that contain bacteria and viruses from their body. If your child or you are close enough, these bacteria enter in the body through nose or mouth and infect you and your child.

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