There’s nothing more important for a parent than health, safety and happiness of their kids. Therefore, when a child gets a fever, the whole world stops. Of course, you want to do everything in your power to make this health issue a bit more bearable for your kid. Needless to say, taking your child to see a doctor is a must, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help a lot, too.
Give the necessary attention
Hugging your child and spending time with them might not bring the fever down, but your kindness and attention has the power to soothe the child. Most young kids can’t stay still when they’re feverish, while some cry a lot. This state can only worsen the fever which is precisely why your loving presence can mean a lot.
Lots of liquid
When they have a fever, children lose liquid faster than usual. So, it’s necessary to keep them hydrated. Since kids don’t really like to drink larger amounts of liquid at once, make sure to give them small glasses pretty often. Try to mix things up and offer them water, freshly squeezed orange juice or a cup of herbal tea (with honey and a touch of ginger). You need to offer them these interchangeably so that they don’t get too bored with the same kind of beverage.
Keep the kids lightly dressed
The biggest misconception people have when it comes to treating fever is that being dressed in thick and warm clothes and covered in tons of layers will make things more comfortable. It’s exactly the opposite. When your child has a fever, make sure to dress them in light clothing made of cotton and similar breathable materials. Also, don’t cover them with many blankets. One blanket is more than enough to keep them really comfortable.
No sweating out
On the similar note as the previous advice, never make your child sweat out the fever under tons of blankets. Of course, you should try your best to keep them warm if they’re shivering but when they start to sweat, their body needs to cool down. Sweating it out will only create other problems such as dehydration and sore muscles.
Use pain medicine
In order to help your child that has a fever higher than 100.4°F you can give them some pain relieving medicine. Of course, make sure that the dosage is appropriate for your child’s weight. This will calm them down and neutralize any pain that might be caused by high fever. It’s a lot better to do this than to let them sweat the fever out.
Make them comfortable
Most fevers are caused by some kind of a cold and they don’t attack alone. Children who are feverish usually have breathing problems and stomach aches, they cough and sneeze, etc. Because of that it’s necessary to make them as comfortable as possible. Think things ahead and make sure that they have top quality latex mattress to support them. Also, get a lot of pillows that can be used to support their head and back. This is very important if they start to cough while they’re lying. Proper mattress, covers and pillows will also make it easier for the child to move around.
Most kids refuse to eat when they feel feverish. This is not because they’re not really hungry but because their sense of hunger is disturbed by the cold. Also, it might be too painful for them to swallow food. In that respect, chicken soup can work miracles. This is an old but gold medicine for all ages. The warmth of the soup, easiness to swallow and its nutrients will soothe, feed and hydrate your child.
It’s essential that you follow doctor’s advice properly when taking care of your sick child. Sometimes this means giving them medicine that doesn’t taste so good. But, you can always mask the taste with other food and drinks. Help the kids overcome their crankiness with your kindness and tender care. With patience and gentle behavior, you can help them take the meds, rest safely and fight the fever more efficiently.