Toddler years are not that peaceful, either for the parents or for the babies. Parenting is a wonderful experience but at the same time, it is greatly challenging. As parents, many of you might have already experienced the sleepless nights, unattended commitments, untidy desks and what not. But things get worst, when your baby falls sick with a high fever in the middle of night.
Fever is not a disease; it is a symptom for another illness. It occurs when the body is fighting an infection like flu, ear infection, auto- immune disorder, gastroenteritis. So don’t press the panic button instantly when your child’s temperature spikes or reach out for the medicines from over-the-top health-care stores.At such time, it is highly essential to observe your child’s behaviour and activities rather than adhering to the thermometer reading. Medication should not always be the first line of defence for mild fever, though medical intervention is necessary when your baby is less than 3 months old.
So, read along to find out few simple home remedies for baby fever to lower the temperature when you do not have anything handy or till the time you need to wait for your doctor’s aid.
Firstly, it is important to cool down the body when your child is suffering from fever. Place a cool, damp cloth on your baby’s forehead; give him/her a tepid tub bath or a sponge bath. Let the water evaporate from the skin and bring the temperature down. Avoid the use of cold water. If shivering occurs, avoid water contact.
Children can lose body fluids when they have a fever. Keep your child hydrated with liquids .You can also provide them with electrolyte solution.
Maintain a relaxed room temperature by keeping the fan at minimal setting .Open the doors and windows to let the fresh air come in. Your child’s room should not be stuffy; rather it should be cool and comfortable for the fever to come down.
Dress your baby in light, cotton clothing. It should not be too tight or anything that makes the baby uncomfortable. Dressing too heavy will only raise the fever. In case of shivering, using a light blanket would be preferable.
Take two wash cloths, dip them into egg whites and wrap round the baby’s feet .Then cover them with loose socks. This is one of the effective fever remedies for toddlers and provides immediate relief bringing down the body temperature.
If your child is more than six months of age, give him/her a bland diet, that is, soft and not spicy and is low in fiber. Bread, oatmeal and semolina are the best choices. Don’t force your child to eat if he/she doesn’t feel like eating.
Dairy products like cow’s milk can cause mucous. So, till the time your baby is suffering from fever, make sure to breast feed him/her and try to avoid outside milk.
A lot of energy is lost when the body fights an infection. Taking rest helps in curing any form of illness. So ample rest is mandatory when the baby is suffering from fever. Bed rest not only reduces heat generation of the body but helps in bringing down the temperature. However, it is not necessary for your child to stay in bed all day long. You can always encourage him/her to engage in some quiet activities.
Measure your child’s body temperature regularly and jot it down on a piece of paper/notepad. This can help you in assessing the variation of temperature and seek the help of doctor, if emergency arises.
These home remedies to reduce baby fever are simple yet effective. However, there are some types of fever that do require a visit with a Paediatrician. It is important to see a doctor when fever persists for 2 days.
Read this article to find out how the new moms can reduce their little one’s fever through simple yet harmless methods such as- a good sponge bath, hydrating the body through fluids, dressing the baby in light clothes, keeping a check on baby’s meal and making them take enough rest.