How to Make a Child with a Fever More Comfortable

01.02.2016

Little Asian child has fever and laying on the bedA fever is the body’s way of fighting off an infection with viruses or bacteria. If your child has a fever yet is breathing comfortably and is not irritable, it may be best to allow the fever to run its course to aid in recovery. In the case of a low fever (below 103°F), there are several things you can do to keep a feverish youngster more comfortable.

Soothing a Fever

Because fever is the symptom of an illness, treating a fever does not make the illness go away. However, it’s important to make children comfortable as their bodies fight a viral or bacterial infection. Here are things you can do.

  • Administer medication. If your child seems uncomfortable, you may want to administer a fever-reducing medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Your RediClinic clinician can advise you on the appropriate dosage for your child.
  • Keep the room comfortably cool. Set the thermostat between 70° and 74°F. Dress your child in lightweight cotton clothing that will not trap heat next to the body, and use a cotton sheet or light blanket for comfort.
  • Keep your child hydrated. Replace the fluids lost through sweating and help your child stay cool by providing water, fruit juice, popsicles, jello, soup and/or an oral electrolyte solution. Avoid soda and caffeinated drinks, which can be dehydrating.
  • Consider a bath. A lukewarm bath or sponge bath may help cool a fever. Do not use cold water or ice, and take your child out if he or she starts shivering.
  • Be attentive. Adjust your schedule so you can offer extra attention, hugs and kisses to comfort your child and speed recovery.

When to Visit a RediClinic Walk-In Clinic

If your child has a high fever (above 103°F), or if you are uncertain about whether to treat a fever, head to your nearest RediClinic walk-in clinic for a physical assessment and prompt, professional care from board-certified clinicians. RediClinic treats patients age 18 months and older.

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