Fevers can be worrisome and this is especially true when it affects your child. As parents, we tend to go into panic mode the minute we realize our child has a fever. While not very pleasant, fevers are generally not life threatening or dangerous; in fact, they usually mean that your child’s body is fighting off an infection properly.
Since medication is not always preferred when it comes to children, the following are 7 natural ways to help your child feel better when dealing with a fever.
By giving your child a lukewarm bath or sponge bath, it will help him or her feel cooler as the water evaporates from the body. Be careful not to use cold water, which would only serve to make your child shiver.
2. Homeopathic Remedies
Many over the counter homeopathic remedies have been proven to reduce fever in children. Look for ingredients such as Yarrow and Meadowsweet, which not only reduce the fever but also alleviate any related symptoms.
3. Essential Oils
Many essential oils have therapeutic properties that are helpful in dealing with fevers. In addition, when blended carefully, essential oils can also have aromatherapy benefits that children appreciate. You can use oils such as lavender, chamomile, frankincense, eucalyptus, and peppermint.
4. Cool Compress
If your child is not up for a bath and simply prefers to lie down, you can take a small cloth and soak it in cool water. Gently squeeze out the excess and apply it to the forehead for gentle relief.
5. Extra Fluids
If your child’s fever is high enough that he or she is sweating, it is crucial to ensure the body’s water is being replenished. Drinking extra fluids will help your child feel better and prevent getting dehydrated. This can be in the form of water or any other source as a store-bought hydrating solution, popsicles, or juice.
6. Dress Coolly
When children are not feeling well, they tend to want to bury themselves under a pill of blankets and rest for a while. However, when running a fever, this is not the best solution. Ensure that your child is dressed lightly to avoid excessive sweating and overheating.
7. Fresh Air
Sometimes, just being outside in the fresh air can help your child feel better. While you should take care to avoid any harsh weather, take advantage of a beautiful sunny day to lay out a blanket under a tree to rest. Bring out books, small snacks and drinks and keep your child distracted. A little outside time can do wonders for a child who is feeling under the weather.