like cold and flu during January and February, chances are you and your family may fall victim to a fever this season. So if you're fighting a fever - or trying to help your child overcome one - here are some top tips to bring it down.
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Fever Causes & Effective Treatment Tips
MEDICATE TO MENDOne of the most rapid ways to bring down a fever is to pop either acetaminophen or ibuprofen (any store brand will do). Taking two tablets every six to eight hours should be sufficient in keeping you comfy – and keeping your fever down.
HYDRATE FOR HEALTH
As your temperature rises, your body rapidly loses fluids, mostly through sweat. To prevent dehydration, sip fluids throughout the day. Go for water, caffeine-free drinks or juices. Whatever you're sipping, shoot for at least two liters a day. How to tell you're adequately hydrating? A good sign is frequent bathroom breaks – at least once every two hours.
IT'S OKAY TO EAT
Despite the old adage suggesting you "starve a fever," experts say eating is essential to a rapid recovery. In fact, researchers from Michigan State University recently reported that people with a fever should feast since a lower calorie consumption may weaken the body's ability to generate the cells used to fight an infection, possibly resulting in a longer illness. The best fever-fighting foods? Vegetable soups and other simple foods like whole grains and steamed veggies. And if you just can't bring yourself to have a bite, try sipping a nutrient- and antioxidant-packed vegetable or fruit juice.
If you're feeling feverish, head straight to your bed – or the couch. Going to work, working out, or even trying to run errands while you have a fever may just make you feel worse as the extra action adds stress to your body. Stay put until your fever goes down and then slowly ease back into your normal routine. Can't sleep? A warm or tepid bath (choose whatever temperature is most comfortable for you) may help you relax.
When a fever spikes and you're feeling extra-hot, ease your sweltering skin down by placing a cool washcloth on your forehead (leave the ice packs in the freezer, since they can burn your skin). And because heavy blankets and comforters may drive up your fever even more, snuggle up in soft, light sheets instead.
If your fever tops the 100.5 F. mark for more than two days, or is associated with head or neck pain, see your doctor as soon as you can to rule out a more serious illness.
Fever, Age 3 and Younger - Home Treatment
It can be hard to know whether you should call your doctor when your child has a fever, especially during the cold and flu season. The degree of the fever may not be related to the seriousness of the illness. The way your child looks and acts is a better guide than the thermometer. Most children will be less active when they have a fever.
If your child is comfortable and alert, is eating well, is drinking enough fluids, is urinating normal amounts, and seems to be improving, home treatment without medicine is all that is needed for a fever. Dress your child lightly, and do not wrap him or her in blankets. Dressing lightly will help your child's body cool down.
Try these home treatment measures to make sure your child is drinking enough fluids and does not get dehydrated while he or she has a fever.
Newborns and babies younger than 1 year of age
Don't wait until dehydration develops to replace lost fluids. Offer fluids to your baby often.
If you breast-feed your baby, nurse him or her more often.
If you use a bottle to feed your baby, the amount of fluid you normally use in the formula should be enough to replace lost fluids. Check with your child's doctor if you think you need to feed your baby more often.
Use an oral rehydration solution (ORS) if mild or moderate dehydration develops. The amount of ORS your baby needs depends on his or her weight and how dehydrated he or she is. You can give the ORS in a dropper, spoon, or bottle.
If your baby has started eating cereal, you may replace lost fluids with cereal. You also may feed your baby strained bananas and mashed potatoes if your child has had these foods before.
Children ages 1 through 11
Make sure your child is drinking often. Frequent, small amounts work best.
For children with dehydration, an oral rehydration solution (ORS) or plain water (if the child is eating food) may be used to replace lost fluids.
Allow your child to drink as much fluid as he or she wants. Encourage your child to drink extra fluids or suck on flavored ice pops, such as Popsicles. Children ages 4 to 10 should drink at least 6 to 10 glasses of liquids to replace lost fluids.
Cereal mixed with milk or water may also be used to replace lost fluids. How To Reduce Your Child’s Fever In Natural
When your child has a fever, you want to reduce it as quickly and naturally as possible. A high fever can be frightening for a parent, and it can cause a lot of discomfort for a child, but it’s important to understand what a fever is and what it can mean.
A fever is the body’s natural defense towards an infection. A fever is not an illness, but it is a sign of an illness in the body. What this means is that fevers help your little one fight whatever is making them sick. And while everyone has an opinion on the “magic number” that means a fever has become too high, it’s best to call your pediatrician for their advice rather than relying on what you may have heard. Some people will tell you that you should worry if a fever reaches 100 degrees, others will suggest that you can wait to see a doctor until a child’s temperature has gone over 103 degrees. Your pediatrician will have their own recommendation.
In the mean time there are natural remedies you can use to reduce a child’s fever and keep them comfortable. Below are a few ideas that all families can use when faced with climbing body temperatures.
A tepid bath is a common method for bringing down a fever. You can even climb into the bathtub with your child and cradle them, especially if you are the parent of a younger infant. Do not bathe or shower your little one in cold water, instead keep it warm, not hot, and take them out once the water begins to cool. Water that is too cold can shock a body with a high fever. You can also add chamomile or apple cider vinegar to the bath. Chamomile can be calming and soothing while apple cider vinegar has been said to draw out fevers.
Draping a cool rag over your baby’s forehead can help reduce high body temperatures. Simply fill a shallow bowl with cool water, again not too cold, dip in a wash rag, and wring out excess water. Place the damp rag over your child’s forehead, and repeat as it starts to warm. Be sure to keep a dry towel nearby for drips and wet hair.
If you have a small infant or toddler, practicing skin-to-skin contact with your baby whenever they are sick can be comforting for the both of you. In addition it can help stabilize a child’s temperature. Although skin-to-skin is mostly practiced directly after birth, there is no reason why an older child can’t receive the same benefits. As a bonus, nursing mother’s will find that skin-to-skin nursing can help them bond with their baby.
Rubbing pure aloe vera gel on a feverish child’s body can lessen a fever. Because aloe vera gel is refreshing to the touch, it can also cool down skin. Any lotion can have the same effect, but aloe vera gel will stay cooler longer. Aloe can also be used to treat burns, itching, and small wounds.
Thermometer For Fever
Once you’ve successfully lowered a fever, you will want to make your baby as comfortable as possible. This can include dressing them in cool, cotton clothes, making sure they drink plenty of water and fluids, and letting them rest as much as they want. These things might not decrease a fever directly, but they can make all the difference in helping a baby remain calm and peaceful when they are feeling unwell.
All children experience a childhood diseases at some point. If your child’s illness leads to a fever stay calm, talk with your pediatrician, and try the tips above to naturally reduce their fever.
Medically, fever is known as “Pyrexia”. If the body temperature is above the normal temperature (98.6 F), it is considered as fever. Mostly, normal fever causes no problem, but high fever is perilous, especially for children. Fever helps the body to fight against infections. We get fever when fungi, virus, bacteria or other toxins invade our body.
- Condition that causes inflammation
- Ear infections
- Bone infections
- Sinus infections
- Extreme sunburn
- Certain medications
- Heat exhaustion
- Joint pains
- Sore throat
- Increased heart rate
Below are some natural cures for fever, which you can try at home.
Take a bath. It will relax your muscles and provide relief if you feel tired. If you don’t want to take a bath, just wash your hands, legs and face with lukewarm water. This will also provide relief in normal fever.
Reduce the Temperature
Cool down the temperature of your room. Keep the fan off if you are feeling cold. This will provide comfort. Don’t bundle yourself in blankets and clothes. This will make your fever last longer. Sleep and take rest.
Avoid consuming heavy or junk food while you are sick. Drink fluids and water in a sufficient amount. Take light food, especially cold yogurt and popsicles. This really helps in cooling down the temperature.
Consume something light and take an aspirin after sometime.
Take 1 tablespoon of basil leaves (fresh and crushed), and ¼ tablespoon of pepper. Boil them in a cup of water. Steep for 5 minutes and strain it afterwards. Drink this in order to relax your body.
Take 2½ cups of water. Add ½ tablespoon of juice, ½ tablespoon of honey and 1½ tablespoon of tartar cream. Mix it all together, and enjoy this amazingly effective tea.
Take 1 tablespoon of oregano and 1 tablespoon of marjoram. Mix them with water. Steep the mix for 4-5 minutes. Let it cool down and add it to your tea.
Take an apple and boil it in 1.5 cups of water. Boil till the apple becomes soft. Strain the water and add honey in apple water. Drink it as this will make you feel good.
Take fresh lettuce and add warm water to it. Soak lettuce leaves in it for several minutes and strain it afterwards. Mix a tablespoon of honey in it. Allow the mix to cool down. Drink it at a certain interval of times.
Take 7½ cups of water and add ¾ cup of fresh raisins in it. Boil it for a couple of minutes. Strain it afterwards. Drink this water 6 times a day in order to get relief.
Take 1 clove of garlic and crush it. Add 1 cup of water to a heating pan. Add the crushed garlic in it and steep for 5 minutes. Let the mixture reach to room temperature and strain it. Drink this for treating the symptoms of fever.
Honey & Ginger Tea
Make the usual tea and add ½ tablespoon of ginger (fresh and crushed) and 1 tablespoon of honey to it. Steep for a few minutes and strain it. Drink this hot. It will soothe the throat and provide relief in cold and cough.
Try this home remedy when you feel feverish. Boil 2 cups of water and add 1 tablespoon of yarrow, 1 tablespoon of elderberry flowers, and 1 tablespoon of peppermint. Steep these herbs for 10 minutes. Drink this mix herb water hot to prevent fever.
Add ½ cup of vinegar in bath water and soak for 5-10 minutes. It is a natural fever reducer.
Take artichoke and boil it until it becomes soft. Let it cool down and eat the middle part of the leaves of artichoke.
Cut a raw onion into half. Put it underneath your foot, and envelop it in a warm blanket. You can also put the slices of raw onion in your socks and wear them. This remedy also works well in alleviating fever.
Take 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds. Boil them in a cup of hot water. Let them boil for 5 minutes and then, strain. Drink it afterwards.
Slice a potato and soak it in vinegar. Put it on your forehead, if your forehead feels hot.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil (do not over heat it) and add 2 crushed garlic cloves when the oil reaches the lukewarm level. Put it in a bowl and rub it on the soles of the foot. This will provide comfort and relief in fever.
Wet Sock Treatment
Soak your feet in lukewarm water. Dip your socks in cold water. Wear the wet socks just before approaching the bed. Don a pair of woollen sock on the wet ones. This will provide relief in fever.
Eat a raw orange or drink fresh orange juice. This will fulfil the need of vitamin C in your body.
Soak a hand towel in cold water. Wring the surplus water and place it on your neck and forehead.
Drinking cinnamon tea will give you relief in fever. Take 2 cardamoms, a pinch of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of powdered ginger. Steep for 5 minutes and drink hot.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Take a hand towel and dip it in ACV (apple cider vinegar). Squeeze the towel and place it on your forehead.
Homeopathic Remedies for Fever
Belladonna : Belladonna can be consumed when you feel chills and shiver because of fever, and experience hallucinations due to high fever.
China : China is a very common and effective homeopathic remedy for fever. Whether it is a normal fever or malaria, China cures all types of fevers.
Nux vomica : Nux vomica is taken when person complaints about having headaches and weakness along with fever.
Bryonia : Bryonia is consumed when patient is feeling sick due to cold and experience chills and nausea along with headaches and dizziness.
Other homeopathic remedies can also be taken in order to cure fever, like Mercurious, Chamomilla, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Gelsemium, Lycopodium, Ferrum phosphoricum, Rhus toxicodendron, Hepar sulph, Arsenicum, Aconite, Natrum muriaticum, and Sulphur.
How to Prevent Fever?
Drink clean water.
Protect yourself from the ill effects of weather changes.
Eat fresh food.
Take a bath daily.
Practice proper hygiene.
Wash hands frequently. This will prevent bacteria from entering in your body.
Home Remedies to Reduce an Infant's Fever
Photo Caption A fever is your baby's way of fighting an infection. Photo Credit sleeping love image by Vanessa van Rensburg from Fotolia.com
Many doctors consider an oral temperature above 99.5°F or a rectal temperature higher than 100.4°F a fever. If an infant younger than three months has a temperature higher than 100.4°F or if a baby between three and six months has a fever higher than 101°F, call your doctor. If a child older than six months has a 102°F fever that rises or lasts longer than two days, call the doctor if her fever rises above 103°F.
According to Familydoctor.org, acetaminophen helps reduce fever. Do not give medications to infants under two months old without consulting their pediatrician. Read the dosing instructions on the package; the dosage will be based on the child's weight and age. Your pediatrician may also advise you on proper dosing amounts for your baby. Be sure to use the measuring device that comes with the fever reducer; a kitchen spoon will not measure the medicine correctly. You can also obtain a dropper or infant spoon from your local pharmacy.
Natural Ways to Reduce Fever - More Than Home Remedies
A baby less than 6 months old should be seen by a doctor if the fever is 101° F or higher. Many doctors don't consider a fever in children a real worry until it is 103° or higher. Lower than that, the fever is actually beneficial since it kills things that invade the body.
But, you can do some things to help bring a fever down:
- Dress in lightweight clothing or remove clothing to allow heat loss through the skin. Socks, slippers, or a hat should not be used because heat escapes through the head and feet.
- Use a lightweight blanket if you feel cold or if you are shivering, and leave the feet exposed.
- Keep quiet (still) since activity increases body temperature.
- Get extra fluids to prevent dehydration or extra loss of water, such as water, iced drinks, popsicles, Jello, or juices. (Fluids without added sugar are best, but use whatever you have on hand because dehydration can occur very quickly.)
If the fever is really high, you can sponge in a few inches of lukewarm (not cold!) bath water. Don't use alcohol instead of water.
You may want to give your child Children's Advil to reduce the fever and help with any pain - but never aspirin. Aspirin with fevers can bring on Reye's syndrome, a serious and potentially deadly disorder in children up to 16 or so.
If you want to avoid any medication, garlic will bring a fever down. Put enough fresh cloves of garlic into a blender to make a paste that will spread about 1/4" thick on gauze. Put a little olive oil on the feet so the garlic will not irritate them. Apply the garlic pads to the soles of both feet and keep them in place by wrapping with gauze. Don't cover the soles of the feel entirely so heat can still escape. Leave the pads on overnight.
Ani from Ontario, Canada, says that egg whites, minced onions, or minced potatoes will lower a high temperature within minutes. Soak two washcloths in egg whites and put them on the soles of the feet, then cover the feet with socks or gauze wrap. The egg whites instantaneously start to draw the temperature down from the brain to the feet. If you have no eggs, minced onions or minced potatoes can be applied to the feet instead, although egg whites are the faster method.