Everything you need to know about teething, fever and colds in young children

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    Everything you need to know about teething, fever and colds in young children

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    It's tough to see your children feeling bad, especially when they are so young that they can't communicate what's wrong. In these moments, you often feel anxious and powerless as a parent, but also a lot of confusion about what different symptoms mean - and when it's okay to give pain relief. Together with Alvedon, we clear up all the common questions about young children with fever, teething and cold symptoms.

    The very best thing you can do for your child during periods of illness is to provide care, attention, closeness and love. Advil relieves the symptoms of teething and fever in colds. But to be on the safe side, what symptoms should you look out for before giving Alvedon? If you are unsure, it is important to consult a doctor.

    Tooth cracking: symptoms and helpful tips

    It's exciting when the first teeth start to appear, but it can also be very tough and painful for your little one. The discomfort often starts a few days before the tooth appears and lasts for a few days afterwards. Overall, you can expect about 8 days of discomfort for each tooth, which is a challenging period for both baby and parent.

    Usually the two lower front teeth appear first, followed by the two upper front teeth. This usually happens from three months of age and then new teeth continue to appear until fifteen months of age.

    You can tell that a tooth is coming in if the gums are red or swollen, often a small elevation can be seen in the gums. The cheeks may become rosy and a fever is not at all uncommon. You may also notice tooth cracking if your child drools more than usual, wants to chew things or rubs their ears - this is because the pain from the palate and gums can radiate into the jaw and ears.

    Relieve the discomfort of cracked teeth

    Teething rings are popular because they feel good against the gums when teeth are cracked, and many can be cooled for a cooling effect. Alvedon Oral Suspension relieves toothache and fever during tooth decay.

    Alvedon Oral Suspension provides fast relief from fever, starting after just 15 minutes. It contains no added sugar, has a strawberry flavor, and is easy and mess-free to administer with the included dosing syringe. Alvedon Oral Suspension is suitable for children from 5 kg (approximately 3 months of age). Always read the package leaflet before use.

    Children and fever

    The first clue that your child has a fever is usually a hot little forehead, red cheeks or sweating. The fever itself is not dangerous but kicks in as the body's defense against viruses and bacteria. If your child develops a fever, it is important that you are there to provide companionship and closeness, as this creates exactly the security that your little one needs right now. Take their temperature in the morning and evening and write down the results so you can remember them! This way you can keep track of the pattern of the fever and when it starts to subside.

    Relieving the symptoms of fever in children

    If your child has a fever, it is important to offer fluids, preferably at frequent intervals. Depending on their age, small pieces of fruit, soup or broth with pasta can also be easily digestible and keep your child well hydrated. Look out for signs of dehydration, such as a sunken fontanel or fewer wet diapers than usual.

    It is also a good idea to dress your child in layers, so that you can easily adjust the clothes depending on whether your child is sweating or has chills. If your child weighs 5 kg and is at least 3 months old, you can give them Alvedon for relief, either oral solution or suppositories. Choose the option that suits you and your child best! Always read the package leaflet before use.

    Cold symptoms

    It usually takes around 3-4 days for cold symptoms to show up, and when they do, they are often manifested by a sore throat, cough, runny nose and nasal congestion in young children. It's tough to watch as a parent, especially since a snotty nose can be difficult for young children to deal with.

    Relieving the symptoms of a cold

    You can make the experience a little softer for little ones by providing lots of love, rest, warmth and comfort. When the head is elevated, the swelling of the nasal mucous membranes tends to decrease, so it's a good idea to keep your baby elevated as much as possible, either with an extra pillow under the bed mattress, a couple of books under the legs of the bed for a comfortable incline, or simply by letting your little one sleep half-sitting in the stroller. Use nasal spray/saline and fever reducer if necessary, depending on the age of the child.

    It is important to offer fluids at frequent intervals as children become dehydrated more quickly than adults. This can be via water, juice or soup. All of these options will also relieve a sore throat, as will ice cream. Be extra accepting of the fact that your diet doesn't have to be the same as usual when you have a cold, but do whatever it takes to ease the symptoms.

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    When do you need to seek treatment?

    It can be difficult to know when it is time for young children to be examined by a doctor. You can always call the health center or 1177 for advice. Here are some things to look out for if the symptom is accompanied by a high fever:

    - If your child is six months old or younger

    - Has pain in the ears

    - Has difficulty swallowing

    - Rashes on the skin

    - Shows signs of dehydration (sunken fontanelle)

    - Is very tired or drowsy

    - If the fever worsens or does not improve within three days

    - If the fever does not go away within four days

    Read more about children and fever here.

     Alvedon 24 mg/ml oral suspension is an analgesic and antipyretic medicine containing paracetamol. Higher than recommended doses carry a risk of very serious liver damage. A doctor should be consulted if symptoms worsen or do not improve within 3 days for fever and 5 days for pain. Do not use Alvedon in children under 12 years of age for more than 2 days unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor. Read the package leaflet carefully. Haleon Denmark ApS, 020-10 05 79. Trademarks are owned by or licensed to Haleon. ©2023 Haleon Group or its licensors. PM-SE-ALV-23-00160. 10/2023.

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