In most cases, fever is a pretty normal condition for which you do not have to worry. However, as parents, we all tend to worry whenever our children have the slightest fever. What you must know is that fever is not an illness but your body’s response to bacterial infections and viruses. When your child has a fever that means her body is responding against the respective illness and cure.
Although you don’t need to worry about it, there are some ways to help your child during fever. In addition to that, there are some measures to be taken if the fever starts to get serious. With that said, here are some tips to make your child comfortable.
- Try OTC medication for fever
One of the most effective treatments to alleviate fever in both children and adults is Acetaminophen. As long as your child is older than six months, she can be given Ibuprofin as well (it is a more effective medication than Acetaminophen). Be sure to administer the proper dosage without making any alterations to your will. If you double the dose, that will not speed up the results. Instead, it can cause organ damage. Also, avoid giving Advil (studies say that it is linked to Reye’s Syndrome).
- Give her a lukewarm bath
Giving a lukewarm bath will help to relax your child’s muscles. Also, it can open up the air passages particularly if they suffer from cold as well. You can use a handful of Epsom salt in the tub so that will soothe the body aches as well. Don’t use too hot or too cold water because sudden changes in the body temperature can end up causing other issues.
- Keep her hydrate properly and let her sleep well
If the fever has occurred due to the flu, cold or any other virus attack, you must keep your child hydrated properly. Give her an appropriate amount of fluids regularly and let her sleep as much as possible. Such an arrangement will boost the natural immune system.
- Take her to a physician in the event of high fever
If your child has a high fever (over 104 0F), you must see a doctor at your earliest. If not, you can call your pediatrician. If your child is younger than 3 months and has a fever over 100.4 0F, the same drill should be followed. Also, if a 2-year old child has a fever for more than 72 hours or younger children has a fever for 24 consecutive hours, they should be taken to a physician. If you can notice a rash, seizures, stiff neck, ear pains, lethargy, etc. with your child, you must take her to an emergency room as soon as possible.
Important: It is very important to have a thermometer in your inventory especially if there is a baby in the house. A good thermometer helps to measure the fever correctly and make you take appropriate actions. In that case, guesswork doesn’t help at all so buy a thermometer if you don’t have one already.