A child suffering from fever can significantly rattle and leave any parent with worry. The logic behind this is due to the belief and the fact that a child’s body is still not developed and mature enough to fight and stave off infection. However, a child suffering from fever is no different from an adult with the same fever. It is the same for both in how the body fights the invasion of viruses and bacteria. The methods of reducing a fever are quite the same for both as well. There are several strategies you can employ to reduce the fever of your toddler, which will seem similar to the treatment methods of a typical adult.
- Let your child drink plenty of fluids. One of the basic strategies to combat a fever is by having or even forcing a child to drink fluids in large amounts. Water and fruit juices taken in large amount during a fever can greatly assist the body in fighting off the infection and breaking the fever. To reduce the heat generated by a fever, have your kid drink cool liquids. Carbonate and caffeinated drinks like colas, teas, and sodas should never be given to your child during a fever. Stick to water and fruit juices. Regular intake of fluids will ensure that your child will be hydrated enough. A fever can significantly dehydrate the body.
- Make your child rest. Another basic must-do strategy is to make or force your child to rest in bed. Explain to him that his body needs to heal and fight off the fever through strict bed rest and sleep. Make sure to let him lie down in a cool room with a lot of blankets for the chills.
- Prep a bath for your child. It is a common misconception that a cold shower or bath can reduce a fever. Unfortunately, the belief is wrong. A cold bath can actually lead the fever to trigger more serious complications. If you want to cool down your child’s body with a bath, then make sure to use lukewarm water only. This will cool down his body without any threat from shock. Make sure to dry him with a towel and cover him up with a blanket and thick clothing to protect him from chills.
- Give him medication. There are many over the counter medications that specifically treat a child’s fever. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and paracetamol are some of the different medications that can reduce a fever. Look for and purchase medication focused on children like Tylenol and Advil. These all have child-friendly medications available in all pharmacies. Medication, combined with bed rest and fluid intake, can reduce a fever quickly.
- Consult a pediatrician. Whether your child is suffering from a simple fever or a persisting affliction, it is vital that you bring him to the pediatrician to check on his fever and its cause. The pediatrician will prescribe you the most effective medication to reduce the fever. He will give you tips on how to care for your child during the suffering.
A fever is usually nothing to worry about if you practice these methods in reducing it. However, sometimes, you really do need to bring your child to a hospital or pediatrician if the fever seems serious or is persistent.