Cold Cough Accompanied By Fever Is Increasing?
Hello. My son, 2.5 years old, got a cold and then coughed without a fever. But 2 days later his body heat began to rise to 37.5 Is that normal and what should I do. thank you
Thank you for the question.
It should be understood, the child's body temperature is still said to be normal when it ranges between 36.5 to 37.5 degrees Celsius. Therefore, if after measuring your child's body temperature it is found that the temperature is 37.5 degrees Celsius, it is not right to call it a fever.
Colds and coughs in children are most often caused by allergies or mild viral infections and can heal on their own as long as the child's immune system is good. Although, it is not impossible, colds and coughs arise due to other factors, such as allergic reactions or other more serious microorganism infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, foreign body aspiration into the airways, asthma, immune disorders, and many other potential causes.
If the cold and cough that your child experiences without signs of danger, such as fever for more than 3 days, shortness, wheezing, fussing, children are less active, crying excessively, also difficult to sleep, it's good that you didn't worry too much. Resolve complaints by:
Give him more to drink warm water
Prioritize also giving food that is warm, brothy, not greasy, not coconut milk, and also does not take too much
Also give him variations of fruit rich in vitamin C in between meals
Keep the environment around the child always clean, not too cold, free of dust, also the potential for allergens and other airway irritants
Keep children from cigarette smoke and pollution
Bathe the child with warm water, then wear to him warm clothes
If there are other people around the child who are experiencing a contagious respiratory infection, keep it away from the child first
Do not carelessly give children drugs without a doctor's prescription
However, if you find that your child's condition does not heal, or there are other more severe complaints as mentioned earlier, it is better to check with him directly to the doctor or pediatrician to be treated further according to the underlying cause.
I hope this helps.