Fevers are a source of worry for many parents, though that shouldn’t always be the case. A fever works to fight off infections, but there are a few measures you can take to help increase your child’s comfort. While a fever is common, and will typically break on it’s own, it is important to notify your pediatrician if the fever persists or is over 102 in children over the age of 3.
Here are a few natural ways to reduce your child’s fever, while keeping them comfortable.
- Place a cool, damp washcloth on your child’s forehead, wrists or groin. In these areas, blood vessels are close to the skin and can help to cool down the body.
- Run a lukewarm bath for your child. As the water evaporates from the child’s skin, it will cool the body, in turn reducing the child’s temperature.
- Cold fluids can not only aid in reducing the body’s temperature, but keep your child hydrated. Frozen ice pops make a great fever reducing treat.
- Avoid using cold water or direct air to cool your feverish child. This can lead to shivering and further the raise the temperature.
If your child’s fever persists or their symptoms worsen, the after-hours pediatricians at NiteOwl Pediatrics are here to help.