Use A Blanket When The Child Has A High Fever?
Ass .. r nDoctor I want to ask my child, now his body is really hot, but he feels cold ,, can this not use a thick blanket ?? r n Give advice as soon as possible.
Wa alaikumsalam, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Fever is one of the body's defense mechanisms against infection by disease-causing agents such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. This is confirmed by research which states that most bacteria and viruses will stop their growth and development when they are at temperatures above 37 degrees Celsius. So that the body raises its temperature in the form of a fever for this purpose.
Apart from increasing the temperature, the body also decreases the body temperature resistance to the surrounding environment. That is, if the person's body did not feel cold at room temperature, which is 25 degrees Celsius, when a fever occurs, the resistance is lowered so that the person feels cold. The goal is for the body to shiver so that the shivering movement generates more heat, and for the person to try to warm his body, either by wearing a blanket, using a jacket, applying balsam and so on.
The hope is that with an increase in body temperature, bacterial and viral infections will stop, then the body will automatically return to its original temperature, and people who previously felt cold, sweat because their body temperature regulation has returned to normal.
So the answer to your question is okay, because fever, feeling cold, and the desire to wear a blanket are an integral part of the disease process as we have described above. It's just that you have to pay attention, if your child's body temperature is above 39-40 degrees, you must immediately take him to the doctor because most likely the infection is too strong for his body to handle alone. Therefore it is important to have a thermometer so that you can measure your child's body temperature every 6 hours.
In addition, you also have to maintain their fluid needs by asking them to drink lots of water, and if your child's fever is past 3 days, check with your pediatrician for a blood check. We wish your child a speedy recovery.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa