“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, 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 F degrees but depending on your child’s behavior: Seek a doctor if your child has symptoms of:
1. Not drinking any fluids.
2. 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).
3. Drastic change in their mood (seems completely out of it).
4. Having difficulty breathing.
Lukewarm Bath. Giving the child a lukewarm bath, using only warm water can help bring the fever down.
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: Check your local stores.
Fruits. My toddler likes to eat watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, and many other fruits when he is not feeling too well. This also helps with dropping his temperature as well.
*I am only speaking with personal experience with my child due to the above recommendations. Every child is different and may need other alternatives. Please feel free to share any other at-at-home-remedies that you have encountered with a child. I’d love to hear from you… Thanks in advace for sharing.
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” -Unknown