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Children are exposed to pathogens that can cause them to be sick in one way or another. As a mother, it is crucial to know of general to specific health concerns that may affect your child. With this knowledge, you will be prepared for anything your child may develop and learn of ways you can handle them. This article provides you with one common health concern with children, fever. 

A fever is what most medical professionals consider a rectally measured temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or above. It’s critical to note that a fever is a sign that something is wrong with the body and doesn’t just appear out of the blue. It is a common symptom of the flu, stomach problems, and viral infections. The immune system reacts to catching a viral illness like the flu or a cold by working overtime. Hence to make the body less conducive to the virus and other germs, there is an increase in the body’s temperature. Fever is not limited to these examples, as it can also be a symptom of other ailments compared to various symptoms.

Fever not addressed in children can lead to seizures and other severe conditions. Hence it is essential to know the cause and how to treat it. Here are some home remedies for how to break a fever.

Stay Hydrated 

When your child has a viral fever, their body becomes substantially warmer than usual. The body begins to sweat due to an effort to cool off. Doing so results in fluid loss, which might result in dehydration. Water, broth, soups, Pedialyte, and electrolyte drinks can provide hydration to babies and toddlers. You can purchase these drinks or make your own at home.

Over the Counter Medicines

A fever can be reduced using over-the-counter medications. When a child has a fever, the main aim is to reduce it to prevent other symptoms such as febrile seizure. It is important to know that these febrile seizures can occur and you may not prevent them so long as the fever is there but you can assist your child if it occurs. As a caregiver or parent, you do not need to worry since these seizures pass quickly. If they last more than 5 min, seem to be happening on one section of the body, has another seizure in less than 24hrs or has breathing problems, then you should consider rushing to hospital for emergency care.

Opting for over-the-counter medicines will help achieve reduction of fever as you continue to observe your child’s progress and any other symptoms. As you get these medications, check on their expiry date and read the label on the bottle to determine the appropriate dose for your kid. Children should not be given aspirin as it can cause Reye’s syndrome, an uncommon but highly deadly illness. 

Wet Compress

If your child complains of the heat, being uncomfortable, or when you observe that they cannot sleep or rest well due to the heat, you can opt for a wet compress. It is done by using a cold, damp washcloth and placing it on your child’s head. It will help your infant relax and reduce the temperature. You can also use hot compresses, but not if the fever exceeds 103°F. 

Dress Lightly

With a fever, you want to keep your child away from any extra heat. Hence, you must dress them in light clothing for free air circulation. These can include vests and shorts or breathable pants. As you do this, ensure they are not in a hot environment.

Conclusion

These remedies can help you manage your child’s fever; however, it would also be best to seek professional help, primarily when no change occurs after trying this. You can also seek advice from a medical practitioner before purchasing over-the-counter drugs. 

Heather Brummett

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