We must do and what not to do to reduce fever for a baby or toddler. Most febrile cases, do not require medical attention or special treatment, only those cases where the child to be too annoying.
The fever is generally the answer that gives the body to defend against some infectious. All children have fever at some time, and mostly, it disappears within a few days.
If we notice that a child has a fever, best thing is to try to please at home with simple methods.
Tips to reduce fever in children
The first is to give a fever reducer, always ensuring that the dose is based on age and weight. If you do not know what the right dose is, it is best to call the pediatrician and consulting. The dose will reduce the temperature but will not cure the cause of the fever.
If the baby is less than two months, you should see a doctor and not administer any medication.
Then, to help reduce fever, we can give a nice warm bath, not cold water is recommended as it can cause chills. It is ideal to immerse your child in the flag with warm water about 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove and dry.
Do not rub the body with alcohol, since it is absorbed through the skin and can cause poisoning.
Dress the child in pajamas or cotton clothing so that body heat can escape. If lie down, cover with a sheet only or light blanket. Too much clothing or shelter can prevent body heat is released and increase body temperature.
To avoid dehydration, consistently offer fluid either through water, soups, broths, jellies, and avoiding sodas or drinks with caffeine.
If vomiting or diarrheas are presented with fever, best to ask the doctor about which drink moisturizing should give. Meanwhile, try giving liquid with a spoon or small sips. The fever will cause a rapid loss of fluid and there is vomiting or diarrhea, dehydration is almost certain.
If only there is a fever and the child wants to eat, you can offer any food (in reasonable portions); but if child are not hungry, it is not necessary to be required him to eat while drinking without difficulty.
Avoid the child is active; it is best to take him to bed, or do quiet activities.
You should never lead to a child with a fever or fever to the nursery or kindergarten school motherly. One should return to normal activities after about 24 hours have passed without temperature.
When to Call the Doctor
While the fever is a normal response of the body to combat a virus, in some cases you must go to the doctor.
- If the fever is 38 degrees or more.
- If not tolerate liquids.
- If signs of dehydration
- If pain in a particular area (throat, ear, etc..).
- For more than 1 day to have a fever and not low or with medication or with bathrooms
- Suffer from any chronic disease like leukemia, heart disease, anemia , etc..
- Appears some kind of rash.
- If have pain or discomfort when urinating.