Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How To Bring a Childs Fever Down

I have two kids that are frequently sick and that is part of being kid. The older they get the less they are generally sick. I have put together a list of things that have helped reduce a fever. Please consult a doctor before you give any medicine or treatment. This is just advice on how I do it.

1. Light or no clothing or blankets. A lot of time when there is a fever present the child will feel cold or have hot and cold flashes. A lot of covers or clothes will make the fever worse.

2. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin or Advil (Ibuprofen). If your baby is 6 months or under they cannot use ibuprofen. They can use Tylenol. Once they are older you can alternate Tylenol and ibuprofen every 3 hours. So if you give Tylenol at 3 pm you give ibuprofen at 6 pm and then Tylenol at 9 pm and so on. Ask a doctor first to ensure you are giving the right amount and how often they should receive it.

3. Keep hydrated. Even if they don't feel like drinking they need to drink. Water, Pedialyte, or Gatorade are all good in any form liquid, ice chips, or frozen Popsicle's  They need to pee or have a wet diaper at least once every 12 hours. You can find signs of dehydration here.

4. Luke warm bath. Water will cool them down. They may cry from being put in a bath when they aren't feeling well but it will bring it down a few degrees for a little while anyways.

5. Wash cloth with water put under their arms and on forehead. Once again like a bath it will help bring it down a little bit. They also make cool packs specifically for kids at any drug store they will be just as effective.

Those are my top tips for reducing a fever. Now anytime your child has a fever it their body letting you know something is wrong. It could be because they are getting teeth, have a virus, or an infection of some sort. You should always contact their doctor to make a proper diagnosis. It could be something minor or more serious.

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