Fighting A Fever In Children: Do's And Don'ts

As a parent, it's always distressing to see your child sick, especially when they have a fever. While a fever can be a sign that the body is fighting off an infection, it's important to take steps to manage the fever and make your child comfortable. In this video, we'll discuss the do's and don'ts of fighting a fever in children.

WHAT TO DO when your child has a fever:

  • Monitor your child's temperature: Use a thermometer to monitor your child's temperature regularly. A fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher in children.
  • Encourage fluids: Offer your child plenty of fluids, such as water, clear broths, and electrolyte solutions. Fluids can help prevent dehydration, which can be a complication of a fever.
  • Dress your child appropriately: Dress your child in light, comfortable clothing and keep the room temperature cool. Avoid bundling your child in blankets or heavy clothing, which can make the fever worse
  • Give fever-reducing medication: If your child is uncomfortable, you can give them fever-reducing medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Make sure to follow the dosing instructions carefully and consult with your child's doctor if you have any questions.)

WHAT NOT TO DO when your child has a fever:

  • Don't give aspirin: Never give aspirin to children with a fever. Aspirin can increase the risk of a rare but serious condition called Reye's syndrome.
  • Don't bathe your child in cold water: While a cool bath or sponge bath can help reduce a fever, avoid using cold water or alcohol, as they can cause shivering and make the fever worse.
  • Don't force your child to eat: Your child may not have much of an appetite when they have a fever, and that's okay. Offer small, frequent meals and snacks, but don't force your child to eat if they're not hungry.

In summary, fighting a fever in children involves monitoring their temperature, encouraging fluids, dressing them appropriately, and giving fever-reducing medication if necessary. On the other hand, you should avoid giving aspirin, bathing your child in cold water, and forcing them to eat.

Children are resilient, most fevers will self-resolve within a few days while being given supportive care at home.

But with any doubts or concerns, please contact your pediatrician. We are always here to help.

Published on: 5/8/2023

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