“If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.” –Brian Tracy
Here are some of my (at-home) Personal Techniques on how to care for a child with a fever from the experience of being a mother:
- Fluids. Make sure the child drinks plenty of fluids. Water, juices, pedialyte freeze pops helps do the job and/or any clear liquids. Soup (chicken noodle or any other soups the child prefers) is also a good intake for the child when they are feeling under the weather. Moreover, if the child is not urinating, it is a sign of dehydration; seek a doctor.
- Rest. Make sure the child gets plenty of rest. If the child wants to get up and play, let them do so but don’t let them overdo it. Have them play as calm as possible with little running around and jumping so they do not over exert themselves.
- Cold rag. Grab a wash cloth, towel, whatever you have and run it under cold water. You can either pat their forehead, head, neck, or wherever the child feels is burning up. You can also lay the rag on their head/forehead.
- Be there for your child. When children are sick and not feeling well, they want love and affection. Stay by their side and comfort them. Let them know everything will be ok. Shower the child with as much love as possible.
- Temperatures. It is easy to tell if the child is running a fever. Looking at their face, skin discoloration, even by putting your hand or lips to their forehead, you can tell if they are warmer than usual. Try to take their temperature every-so-often to keep up with their grade of fever. It is known that children can run high temperatures up to 103 degrees but depending on your child’s behavior: Seek a doctor if your child has symptoms of:
- not drinking any fluids,
- cannot keep any food down, (although it is typical for children not to have an appetite, as long as they keep fluids flowing, they should be ok),
- drastic change in their mood (seems completely out of it),
- having difficulty breathing.
- Medicine. I personally like to give my child acetaminophen (Tylenol) for the fever and ibuprofen (Motrin) for the pain. I have learned you can switch up the medications. For example: have the child take Tylenol every 4 hours and Motrin every 6 hours. I really do not like giving my child medication unless it is completely necessary and the fever is high and the child is in a lot of pain. The dosage also depends on the child’s age and weight. You can learn more about this from your doctor or the instructions on the labels of the medication.
- Lukewarm Bath. Giving the child a lukewarm bath, using only warm water can help bring the fever down.
- I like to also bath my toddler in a soothing vapor bath that Johnson’s provide. You can also find this at any local store such as Babies-R-Us, Target, etc.….
- Light Clothing. Dress your child in light clothing and only cover with light sheets. Body heat needs to escape which heavy covering can cause a temperature to rise.
- Steam. When my toddler’s nose is congested, I take him in the bathroom, turn on all faucets with hot water, and let my toddler inhale the hot steam. This helps him breathe a lot smoother.
- Humidifier. A humidifier is great to have in the child’s room while they sleep or even when they are awake. This helps moistens the air in the room which can help reduce the cough. You can find a humidifier basically anywhere: Babies-R-Us, Burlington Coat factory, Sears, Target, etc.… Check your local stores.
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” -Unknown
- Infant and Toddlers Health (funengtime.wordpress.com)
- Fever in children (bupa.com.au)
- Hold the Tylenol: Does Acetaminophen Cause Childhood Asthma? (ecochildsplay.com)
- Keeping a toddler safe in the home (savingsmaster.com)