Home Remedies for a Fever in Children
A fever in children is the most common concern that prompts parents to bring their child to the emergency or urgent care department.
A fever is not life-threatening in itself unless it is extremely high and persistently high. In most cases, there is nothing to worry about, as a fever is usually a normal response to a virus or bacterial infection from a child’s immune system. Most healthy kids can well tolerate a fever.
What Causes Fever in Children?
Bacterial infections, viral infections, side effects of medications, use of illicit drugs, and heat-related illnesses and allergies are common reasons that children get a fever.
The body’s response to immunization or vaccines, ear infections, infections of the urinary tract and certain inflammatory diseases are additional reasons for a fever. A sudden weather change and a lifestyle that is unhygienic can also contribute to a fever.
What are the Symptoms of Fever in Children?
Children may have low-level or high-level fever. The body temperature is slightly higher than normal in the case of low-grade fever. Usually this ranges from 98.8 ° F (37.1 ° C) to 100.6 ° F (38.1 ° C).
On the other hand, a high-grade fever is a rectal temperature of 102 ° F (38.9 ° C) or higher in children over 3 months of age.
Chills, aches, headaches, sweating or feeling flushed, loss of appetite, dehydration, weakness or lack of energy, and usually feeling ill, are the general symptoms associated with fever in children. Small children can also become more frequently irritable, fussy, lethargic, and cry.
When to See Your Doctor?
You must take your child to the doctor or emergency room quickly if they have a very high fever of 104 ° F (over 40 ° C) or more and have symptoms such as uncontrollably shivering or shaking, chattering teeth, breathing trouble, becoming confused, or appearing to be floppy or complaining of leg pain.
Here are the home remedies for a fever in children:
- Place a cool, damp washcloth on your child’s forehead while she rests.
- Give a tub bath or a sponge bath to your child. It will cool her down and bring down her temperature as the water evaporates from her skin. Do not use water that is cold. It can make her shiver and raise the temperature of her body. Do not use alcohol rubbing (an old-fashioned fever remedy) as well. It can cause a spike in temperature and possibly even intoxication with alcohol.
- To help cool the body from the inside out and keep it hydrated, offer your child plenty of fluids and chilled foods such as ice pops and yogurt.
- Use one of the fans. You don’t want your child to be chilled again. Keep the fan in a low setting and circulate the air around it instead of blowing directly on it.
- Remove clothing layers to make it easier for your child to lose heat through her skin. Dress her up in a layer of light. Give her a light blanket if she’s shivering until she’s warm again.
- Stay indoors in a cool place. Or, if you’re outside, stay in the shade.