How to Treat a Child with Fever at Home

little girl with fever lying in bed holding a glass of water

Medically Reviewed by Dr Welras Long (M.B.B.S, Singapore. MRCS, England)

Dealing with a child’s fever can be a worrying experience for any parent or caregiver. While fever itself is not typically harmful and is often a sign that the body is fighting off an infection, it’s essential to know how to manage it safely and effectively. In this article, we will provide practical tips and advice on how to treat a child with fever at home, ensuring their comfort and well-being.

Understanding Children Fever

Before exploring the treatment options, it’s crucial to understand what constitutes a fever in children. A fever is defined as a body temperature above 37.5°C. Fever is the body’s natural response to infection and helps the immune system fight off pathogens.

Symptoms and Causes of Children Fever

Fever in children can be caused by a variety of factors, including viral or bacterial infections, teething, immunizations, or environmental factors such as overdressing. Common symptoms of fever in children may include flushed face, sweating, shivering, irritability, and loss of appetite. It’s essential to monitor your child’s symptoms and seek medical attention if they worsen or persist.

Home Remedies for Children Fever

Maintain Hydration

Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids, such as water, clear soups, or diluted fruit juice, to prevent dehydration. Dehydration can worsen fever symptoms and lead to complications, so it’s crucial to keep your child hydrated.

Keep Them Comfortable

Dress your child in lightweight clothing and keep the room temperature cool to help reduce fever discomfort. Avoid overdressing or covering them with heavy blankets, as this can trap heat and raise their body temperature further.

Use Fever-Reducing Medications

Over-the-counter fever reducers such as acetaminophen (Panadol) or ibuprofen (Neurofen) can help lower your child’s temperature and alleviate discomfort. Be sure to follow the dosing instructions based on your child’s age and weight. Avoid giving aspirin to children or teenagers as it can increase the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious condition. However, when in doubt, always consult your doctor.

Provide Rest

Ensure your child gets plenty of rest to help their body recover from illness and fever. Encourage quiet activities such as reading or watching movies to keep them occupied while resting.

Sponge Bath

If your child’s fever is high and not responding to medication, you can give them a sponge bath with lukewarm water to help lower their body temperature gradually. Avoid using cold water or alcohol rubs, as these can cause shivering and increase heat loss.

When to Seek Medical Attention

While most fevers in children are harmless and resolve on their own, there are certain circumstances where medical attention may be necessary. Seek medical care if:

  • Your child is under three months old and has a fever of 38°C or higher.
  • Your child is above three months old and has a fever of 41°C or higher.
  • Your child has a fever accompanied by other concerning symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, or dehydration.

Additional Tips for Comfort and Care

  • Offer lukewarm baths or cool compresses to help lower your child’s temperature.
  • Use a humidifier to keep the air moist, especially if your child is congested.
  • Encourage your child to rest and engage in quiet activities to promote recovery.
  • Monitor your child’s temperature regularly and keep track of any changes or symptoms.

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References Fever in Children. 2022. Fever in Infants and Children. 2020. What You Need to Know: Fever. Fever.

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