At-Home Children’s Fever Remedies
If you’re looking for your own at-home fever remedies, then the chances are that you have been told how dangerous it can be to give your child too much medicine. If you’ve ever read the information on the box of children’s medicine, you may have noticed that it says not to administer the medicine for more than a week without the consent of a doctor. Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, and indeed any other fever-reducing medication can cause damage to your little one’s liver if this medicine is taken for an extended period of time. The good news is that there are plenty of natural ways to lower your child’s fever without employing the help of over-the-counter medication.
Cool Compresses and Baths
These are a couple of fever remedies which encourages your child’s body temperature to lower by cooling the temperature of the skin. A cold compress can be made by running cool water over a hand towel or face cloth. Wring out the excess water but make sure that the cloth is still cool to the touch. Fold the cloth so that it can run from ear to ear across your child’s forehead. The amount of time you leave this on your child’s forehead really depends on how high a fever your child is running. The higher the temperature, the faster the cloth will warm up. Just check the cloth every ten minutes or so and refresh it as necessary.
A lukewarm bath is a terrific way to ease a fever. Start by running the bath with lukewarm water—that is, water that is neither cool nor warm to the touch. Place your child in the bath and allow them to acclimate to the water before rinsing his/her body. Gently rinse their hair and body with the cool water. There is really not point in using soap or shampoo, as the main issue is to bring their core temperature down a little. Ten minutes in the bath should be enough, and by this point your little one will probably be shivering and complaining that they are cold. Dry them off and dress them in light clothing (usually an oversized t-shirt and underwear or a diaper will do). Let their hair dry normally as this will allow it to keep the head cool. Never add rubbing alcohol to the child’s bath or rub their skin with alcohol, as this can cool their body too quickly, increasing the risk of him/her falling into shock. Lukewarm baths and cold compresses have been used to ease one’s fever for thousands of years and can still be used today!
Fever-Reducing Food and Drinks
Drinking plenty of cool water is a great way to bring down your child’s body temperature as well as replace the fluids they have lost through sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Pureed or easy-to-digest foods are preferred while the child is running a fever. Steamed veggies are easier to digest than raw ones and fruit of all kind (except for acidic fruit like oranges and kiwi) are ideal for your little one. Avoid dairy if possible or at least limit it to small servings a few times a day, as cow’s milk can be difficult to digest. Ginger and lemon tea is reported to be very effective at lowering body temperature because these ingredients cause the body to sweat. This “tea” can be made by grating three teaspoons of ginger into a cup of boiling water. Allow the ginger to steep for a bit before adding lemon and honey to taste. Strain the liquid before serving.
Remember that sudden temperature changes can be devastating to someone who has a fever and can induce shock. If your child complains of muscle aches or has a rash in addition to a fever, then it would probably be best to see a doctor, as these could be signs of a serious illness. The abovementioned fever remedies can be very effective for low or mild fevers, but a child with a temperature over 104 degrees Fahrenheit should be taken to the doctor. High fevers could be too much for the brain to handle and can result in permanent brain damage.