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Home Remedies to Keep Your Child Comfortable During a Fever

Often when children get sick and run a fever, you want to know how to alleviate that right away. Actually, unless a fever is unusually high, they don’t need to be alleviated. In fact, fever is the body’s natural defense against infection, and will go away on their own when no longer needed.

However, children can feel rather out of sorts when running a fever. No one likes that warm-to-the-touch, achy-all-over feeling. Sometimes, fevers are accompanied by no appetite, tiredness, and even nausea or vomiting. And you, as a good parent, want to make your children as comfortable as possible when they don’t feel well.

Here are some home remedies to make it as enjoyable as possible for those sick days.

  • Keep their room cool and dress them in layered light clothing. Don’t pile on the heavy clothes because they’re not feeling well, it will only lead to overheating, which will make a fever worse.
  • Have them drink lots of liquids. Encourage them to drink water or juice every 30 minutes or so. You can include Jello, popsicles, or other electrolyte drinks that are popular today. Keeping your children hydrated is going to make them feel better in the long run.
  • Even with a fever your children can be up and about in the house, but encourage them to take it easy and rest if they need to.
  • Use cool compresses on their forehead and wrists to reduce fever in toddlers.
  • Eating healthy should continue even when your kids are sick. Fruits, vegetables, soups, and the like should all be given. Sometimes a fever will reduce an appetite. That’s alright too, as long as your children do eat something during the day.
  • Use acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, to reduce a fever. This will also help alleviate aches and pains associated with it.
  • If a fever spikes into the high range, then it might be time for a child doctor visit in North Phoenix. A high fever is often indicative of something else, so don’t delay getting your child in to see the doctor.

There are many ways you can fight a fever. The best way is to let it run its course and seek out your Pediatrix doctors if you have any questions. Fevers arise from all sorts of things, so watch your children closely.

Posted in Blog on February 16th, 2016