The most common concern of any parent is when their child is burning like the sun in July. The first impulse is to take your child to urgent care, but every parent must know that fever can be lowered at home. How? Well, continue reading this article and you will find some effective secrets in reducing your child’s fever at home.
Very important! By reducing your child’s fever won’t help cure the underlying problem.
So, if you want to avoid medications, such as ibuprofen, you can always try non-medical ways to reduce the feverish feeling of your child, and the below natural remedies work wonders to lower body temperature.
However, if the temperature climbs very high and your child starts feeling uncomfortable and dehydrated, you should run to the E.R.
1. Apply Cold Compress
Cooling body temperature from outside is extremely effective, but don’t use very cold water but it may have a boomerang effect.
- Put some cool tap water in a bowl. Optionally, you can add a few tablespoons of vinegar in it. The acid present in it helps draw heat out of the skin.
- Soak a clean washcloth in the water and wring out the excess water.
- Place the wet cloth on your child’s forehead.
- Once the cloth warms, remove it and repeat again.
- Do this until the fever has reduced sufficiently.
2. Give Him More Fluids
When dealing with fever, the intake of fluids is very important because it will prevent dehydration.
- Give him cold milk, coconut water, homemade fruit juice, fruits rich in water, broth, ice pops and yogurt can also be given to children.
- Because of fever, your child may refuse the large intake of fluids, so give it small sips.
3. Rest and Sleep
Whenever dealing with fever, adequate rest and sleep is a must.
By sleeping, body can dedicate energy to healing rather than distributing it to deal with other activities.
4. Keep Your Child in a Cool Place
- Room temperature should be between 70° and 74°F degrees.
- If using a fan, keep it on a low setting. However, make sure your child is not sleeping directly under the fan.
- If using an air conditioner, keep the temperature at a comfortable level. Make sure your child is not shivering, as this can raise the body’s temperature.
- Also, avoid using the room heater nonstop, as it can make your baby overheated.
5. Basil Is Very Helpful
It has antibiotic and antibacterial properties which can be very useful in reducing fever.
- Put a handful of basil leaves in 2 cups of water. Boil it until the solution is reduced to half. Add a little honey and give it to your child, a few times a day.