A kid can spike a fever quick as thunder follows lightening. It can be pretty scary, especially for first-time parents. However, fever itself is not a bad thing.
Bacterial and viral germs flourish in cool surroundings. When invaders are suspected, the body’s natural healing mechanism kicks up the heat to fight germs.
This means that most of the time, there is no need to be alarmed. If temperature rises to 104 degrees; it’s time to call the pediatrician. Otherwise, here are 5 tips to help your child’s fever:
1) Hydrate –Your little one loses fluids during the course of a fever. Water replenishes fluid levels best. Popsicles, gelatin and watery fruits, such as oranges are good. The vitamin C in oranges helps boost your child’s immune system.
2) Apple Cider Vinegar – Saturate two soft cloths in apple cider vinegar and put one on your child’s forehead, lay the other on his/her tummy. Our ancestors believed vinegar ‘draws out’ fever. Alternative: add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a tepid bath. Sponge the solution over your child’s entire body.
3) Ginger and Lemon Tea – Will stimulate sweating, which naturally lowers fever levels. Finely grate three teaspoons fresh ginger. Add to one cup of boiling water. Let steep. Strain well and add lemon.
4) Rest – Your child may get cranky when running fever. Rest is the best medicine. Dress him/her in cotton jammies. Don’t cover him/her with blankets, a sheet will do fine.
5) Ouchie Cap – If you’ve ever attempted to hold a homemade ice-pack on a sick, squirming kid, you’ll love the heck out of this marvelous invention. These adorable animal-shaped caps quash messy melting ice forevermore. Turn the hat inside out and slip a gel pack into each of the two pockets.
The kids gel packs adapt for heat or cold therapy to help heal your child nature’s way, without resorting to prescription meds and their dreadful side-effects. Kids adore Tulip, the bunny and Toby, the puppy. Wearing them is not like first-aid at all! Actually, they make healing sort of fun.
PS: So you’ve established your child has a fever, but what is a normal baby temperature? Do they normally run a temperature that’s a bit higher or a bit lower? Check out our post: What Is A Normal Baby Temperature?
Or, click to see why parents love to use the Ouchie Cap as a Natural Fever Reducer