Q: Grandma, My girlfriend has an 8-year old daughter that has a 103 fever that she cannot break. She can’t give her young child heavy doses of paracetamol. Any home solutions that I can share with my friend?
A: Dear J, having a sick child can be a very frightening experience for most parents. You have to understand, however, that fever is a child’s defensive response to fight off infection. The truth is, fever does not harm a child. In general, you should only be worried when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (or 104 degrees Fahrenheit) as this may most likely indicate a serious infection.
Reducing a fever is only necessary to promote comfort, or to get a potentially dangerous high fever (104 degrees Fahrenheit and above) under control. Otherwise it is not necessary to treat a fever. If the child’s fever remains constant at 103, however, bringing it to a lower temperature is considered reasonable. Having said that, here are some home remedies for high fever in children that you can try:
HOME REMEDIES FOR HIGH FEVER IN CHILDREN
1. Give fluids – Since fever causes significant fluid loss through the skin (or perspiration), it’s very important to give your child plenty of fluids (for ex., water, soup, ice pops, juice, flavored gelatin). Doing this helps prevent dehydration. 
2. Remove excess clothing – Too high a body temperature can lead to serious complications, such as seizure. Dress your child lightly, remove excess clothing, and avoid giving heavy blankets to allow heat loss through the skin and prevent overheating.
3. Give tepid sponge bath – Contrary to popular belief, using a cold bath to reduce fever does not work. The fact is, it can cause chills and trigger the body to make the temperature even higher. A lukewarm bath is more preferred. 
4. Adjust room temperature – The ideal room temperature for a child with fever is between 68 and 70 degrees Celsius. If the room temperature is too hot, use air conditioning and adjust accordingly.
5. Provide rest – Sleep and rest are the body’s natural way to recover from illness. If the body’s immune system is already fighting off infection, it is most likely already exhausted. By providing your child plenty of rest every, you give him/her a fighting chance to get better quicker. 
6. Give anti-pyretics – Fever medicines (or anti-pyretics) help to bring a fever down and make a child more comfortable. Pick a medicine that you think works better or your child.
7. Vitamin C – Boosting the immune system of your child helps combat infection faster and subsequently reduce fever. 
8. Vitamin B complex – It is not uncommon for a child with fever to have decreased appetite. Increasing vitamin B complex can be beneficial because B vitamins help stimulate a child’s urge for food.
9. Niacin – As mentioned earlier, a sick body needs plenty of sleep and rest. A niacin supplement will shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and actually act as a natural sedative.
10. Provide adequate nutrition – To help your child become stronger, provide a high calorie, high protein, low fat, and a high fluid diet.