How to Make a Child with a Fever More Comfortable
A 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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