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How To Treat Fever in Children

Fever is part of the body’s defense mechanism against viruses or bacteria. Usually your child’s fever will be caused by a viral infections and bacterial infections, but it will get better on its own. So, it’s better to monitoring your child’s body temperature regularly. You can take (control) your child’s temperature in some ways.

There are pros and cons of treating fever. Fever may play role in fighting infection, although it can make your child uncomfortable. It’s due to the height of your child’s fever is not always the main indicator of whether the child needs to be treated and/or evaluated. Instead, it is important to note how’s your child’s behavior and appearance. Fever is usually accompanied by some symptoms. If you find some of fever symptoms in your child, you have some fever treatment option to recover your child.

1. Medications

You can try paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce your child’s temperature if he or she is particularly distressed. Don’t give your child these medicines to reduce temperature if he or she is otherwise well, or to prevent a febrile convulsion. Also, you may not give your child paracetamol and ibuprofen together. However, if the first medicine you try doesn’t help, you can try the other one later.

2. Rest

Having a fever can cause most children feel tired and achy. During this time, you as parents should encourage your child to rest as much as your child wants.

3. Increase fluids

Having fever can make your child dehydrate. To reduce this risk, you should encourage your child to drink an adequate amount of fluids. Children with fever may not feel hungry and it’s not necessary to force them to eat. However, fluids such as milk (cow’s or breast), formula, and water should be offered frequently. Older children may eat flavored gelatin, soup, or frozen popsicles.

4. Sponging and baths

Sponging involves placing a child in a bathtub and using a damp washcloth to apply comfortable warm (85F or 30 C) water to the entire body. Cooling occurs as water evaporates from the skin surface. Therefore, your child shouldn’t be wrapped in wet towels or submerged in water when this method of cooling is used.

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