Fevers are part of the body’s response to fighting infection. It can still be frightening, however, if your child has a particularly high fever. There are several safe ways to break your child’s fever before it gets dangerously high or goes on too long.
Give Them a Bath
One way to break a child’s fever is by giving them a lukewarm bath. The trick with baths is to moderate the temperature; a bath that is too cold or too hot will not help bring your child’s temperature down. Baths are also great because they are generally very soothing and relaxing, which is good for a feverish child who is uncomfortably hot and not feeling their best. Feverish children are also usually very weak, so baths where they can sit are much better options than showers.
Give Them Pain Relievers
Pain relievers are often designed to bring temperatures down. Kids can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen if they’re at least six months old. Before giving pain relievers to your child, make sure you are administering the appropriate amount for their age and weight. Children’s bodies are usually quite small, so they can’t handle a lot of medication. Also, consider kid-friendly options like liquid or flavored medicine.
Make Sure They Are Properly Hydrated
Because a fever is often a response to bacterial or viral infection, drinking water to flush these toxins out of the body can help your child’s fever break and go away faster. Water is also known to improve all areas of health, so it is very beneficial when dealing with a fever and fever symptoms. Sometimes children with fevers sweat profusely and lose much of their appetite, which can result in major dehydration leading to headaches, weakness, and other health problems. Therefore, it is very important to make sure your child is drinking enough water when they have a fever to combat the sickness and the symptoms.
You may feel a little helpless trying to figure out how to break your child’s fever and watching them suffer from sickness. It is especially tricky figuring out what, if anything, are safe ways to treat your child’s illness. Opting for kid-friendly or kid-specific medicine and other researched and trusted methods can give you peace of mind when trying to help your child. With mindful care, your child can be up and about learning and playing in no time.
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