As a mom, I can say that some of the scariest times of my life are when my child is sick. As a nurse, I know that I must put my skills to use to help her feel better as soon as possible. Children can have a fever for many reasons. I am by no means a doctor, and I do feel that if your child is sick, you should seek medical advice. But, sometimes, you need a quick home remedy! So, I have compiled a short list of tips you can try when your child is running a fever.
- Cool, damp cloth– Take the cloth and run it along your child’s head, under the arms, and down their body. This will really make them more comfortable and help bring the temperature down some.
- Lukewarm bath– This can be a sponge bath or a regular bath, but it must be lukewarm and not too hot or cold.
- Fan– That probably sounds like a “DUH!” but, sometimes, in a frenzy we forget obvious things!
- Ice, Popsicle- IF they are old enough, have your child eat some ice or suck on a Popsicle!
- Remove clothing– When my daughter is running a temperature, I strip her down to her diaper. This reduces sweating and keeps her much cooler!
- Tylenol/Ibuprofen- After trying everything else, I will give my daughter Tylenol to decrease a high temperature. I don’t typically give it for a low grade temperature (above 98.6° but lower than 100.4°). She is still too young for ibuprofen, so consult a doctor before administering any medications.
It is important that you are using a good and accurate thermometer when taking your child’s temperature. Be advised that children under 4 should not be taking oral temperatures. Here are the types of thermometers and some options for you!
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Rectal Thermometer– This is the most accurate way to take a baby’s temperature. Place Them on the floor or changing table, hold their legs up to their knees and insert thermometer (with a small amount of Vaseline) about 3/4 inch in, press button and wait for temperature.
Temporal Artery Thermometer– This thermometer is non-invasive and easy to use. It scans the forehead for a temperature. Hold the thermometer on the baby’s forehead, press button, and sweep across to obtain temperature.
Tympanic (Ear) Thermometer– This is very commonly used and works easily. Insert into baby’s ear, press button, and obtain temperature.
Oral Thermometer– This thermometer is placed under the tongue. After placement, press button and wait for a beep, then check temperature. As stated above, this is not recommended for children under 4 years of age.
I hope and pray that if you’re reading this, your baby/babies/kids feel better soon!