12 Home Remedies for Fever In Children | Q&A

Q: Grandma, my five-year old child has high fever. I have given paracetamol for the last two days but the fever has not yet subsided. I need some of your remedies to relieve my poor child.

A: Every child will experience fever at one time or another. In fact, this is the most common reason for a kids being taken to the ER in the middle of the night. It is important for parents to know when to rusk the kid to the nearest hospital and when to apply some safe home remedies for fever in children. While most are harmless and can go away without any need for medication, some cases can be indicative of severe infection. Taking the temperature is basic to determine if there is already a reason for alarm.

Remember that fever itself is not life-threatening; but the underlying medical condition can be. Regardless of whether the kid is taken to the doctor or not, it is always important to apply some first-aid to kids and babies with fever using some safe home remedies.

Home Remedies for Fever In Children

SAFE HOME REMEDIES FOR FEVER IN CHILDREN

1. Observe and Monitor – Keep a close watch of the kid. If despite the fever the child is alert, eating well, drinking enough fluids, excreting normal quantities of urine and seems to be making improvements, there is no need to rush to the ER. The appearance of some disturbing symptoms necessitates immediate medical attention. [1] This can be labored breathing or forming of purple spots on the skin.

2. Learn to Use a Thermometer – The temperature can also help you decide whether the kid needs to be treated already in an ER or you can still stay home for some safe home remedies for fever in children. Fever is a rectal temperature of over 100.4 degrees F (38.0 degrees C). Fever greater than 101 degrees F needs immediate medical attention especially if the child is younger than 3 months old and has a fever.

3. Increase Fluid – It is important to encourage your child to drink extra fluids to increase urine outflow. Make some flavorful offerings to make the child suck it – frozen flavored ice pops, a Popsicle, gelatin and flavored ice chips. Oral rehydration solutions are essential to replace lost fluids. Use a straw to sip and increase overall fluid intake.

4. Loose Clothing – Do not dress or wrap your child in warm layers. That can trap the heat being exuded by the body and will make the child feel more warm

5. Control the Home Temperature – A child with fever can feel both cold and warm alternately. Keep the home temperature cool but not very cold. Use blankets when the child feels the chill. But, replace it thin, breathable sheets when the child show signs of sweating or heat. Place a cool, damp washcloth on your child’s forehead while she rests.[2]

6. Give Your Child a Bath – Using warm bath can be comforting, but lukewarm bathwater can be better when the temperature is extremely high. A sponge bath is a good alternative. Don’t use cold water or alcohol that can cause the temperature to spike.

7. Raw Potato Chips – Cut up a potato into slices and soak them in vinegar. Let these slices rest in the forehead to absorb the heat. The heat can cook up the potatoes. Repeat as many times until the fever goes down. [3]

8. Boost the Child’s Immune System with Healthy Food – A strong immune system will prevent the appearance of sores, colds, fever, etc. Daily eating of healthy food can bolster the immune system of the child. When the kid has fever, he/she can easily recover too. Give your kid a well-balance diet to fight off the infection that is causing the fever faster. [4]

9. Use a Fan – This helps in keeping the temperature not too hot and not too cold. Keep the fan at a low setting; keep it moving than fixed on the child.

10. Stay Indoors – Staying indoors is ideal because you can regulate the temperature in your home. It will be too hard to be on the road or someplace else that is more inconvenient.

11. Continue Monitoring – Make sure that you continue to check the kid’s temperature every 2 to 4 hours. This will keep you on guard if some abnormal symptoms like rashes start to appear.

12. Be Alert – Take the child to the ER or call your doctor if symptoms get worse.

References:

    1. http://children.webmd.com/tc/fever-age-3-and-younger-home-treatment

 

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    1. http://www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?topicid=84

 

    1. http://www.modernmom.com/article/home-remedies-for-children-s-fever

 

  1. http://children.webmd.com/tc/fever-age-4-and-older-home-treatment

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