What is a fever in children?
If the body temperature is more than 99.5F (normal level) then it is considered as fever. Most of the kid's body
temperature changes a little bit during the day. It is usually a little lower in the morning and a little higher in the evening and
can vary as kids run around, play and exercise. Fever helps the body to fight infections and increases the body's natural defenses.
By increasing the body's temperature, a fever makes it harder for the bacteria and viruses to survive in the body and cause infection.
Causes of fever in children
Most fevers are caused due to an infection or another illness. Some are caused by a viral illness that will get better by itself without any specific treatment.
Sometimes fever may be caused by a more serious infection, such as pneumonia or meningitis.
Symptoms of fever in children
Head and Muscle aches.
Loss of appetite.
Home remedies for fever in children
In the case of a baby less than 1 year, who is suffering from fever, feed the baby with more fluids mainly milk. Try to avoid plain water.
In case of high fever, add one teaspoon of Basil (tulsi) leaves to one cup of hot water and steep it for five minutes. Give this to the baby three to four times a day.
Place a soft washcloth on the child’s forehead while he/she’s asleep. This is one of the best home remedies for high fever in children. Doing this reduces body temperature.
To prevent children from overheating, keep your home and your children’s room cool.
Cut an onion into slices and rub 2 – 3 slices on your child’s feet for 2 minutes each. It helps lower body temperature and relieves body ache caused by
fever. Repeat this process twice a day.
Take a handful of raisins (20-25 approx.), soak all the raisins in a half cup of water for about an hour, once they become soft crush and strain the liquid. Add lime juice to it for better results. Feed this tonic to your child twice a day.
Give the decoction of Green Chirayta (kalmegha) twice a day to control
Take 2 tablespoons of mustard oil and 1 tablespoon of garlic paste, mix them well, and heat this mixture, then strain the oil and use this oil to gently massage your child’s feet, palms, neck, chest, and back, just before bedtime. It will help in reducing body temperature and also provide relief from body pain.
Give your child a sponge bath with lukewarm water.
Place a slice of Raw Onion on the bottom of each foot and wrap feet in a warm blanket.
Soak a couple of washcloths in Apple Cider Vinegar and place them on the forehead and tummy of the kid.
Blend some fresh Garlic (lehsun) cloves with little Olive oil or Coconut oil and apply it to the feet of the child.
Things to avoid if your child has a fever
Never delay medical advice for a newborn or an infant with a fever or who seems very ill.
Nerve give any medication to your child without first checking their temperature and consulting your child's doctor.
Never use medication prescribed for adults.
Do not overdress your child.
Never rub ice or alcohol base product to lower down the child’s body temperature.