What to Do When Your Child Has a Fever
- First and foremost, take the child’s temperature to gauge the normal temperature during a fever. Doctors advise 99.5 degrees as oral temperature while 100.4 degrees is the safe measurement for rectal temperature.
- The most accurate measurement of the child’s temperature is through the rectal method.
- Children who are between 3 months and 3 years must not be administered medication when they have a low-grade fever less than 100.2 degrees.
- Doctors will recommend acetaminophen for the child if necessary. Ibuprofen is ideal for children older than 6 months. Always follow the correct dosage.
- Do not give aspirin as fever medication to children younger than 18 years as it can cause complications.
- After the acetaminophen intake, the parent can give the child a lukewarm bath to lower the fever.
- Give the child plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Fluids help keep the body cool down. Popsicles and flavored gelatin are also appropriate.
- Keep the room temperature within 70 to 74 degrees.
- Light cotton clothing will help ease the pain and heat brought on by the fever.
What to Do When Your Child Has a Fever Of 102
- Once the high fever has been determined, monitor the child’s temperature every 30 minutes.
- Bring down the temperature by dressing the child in light clothes. Do not cover the feet and head. In the event of chilling sensations, wrap the child in a light blanket.
- Fresh fruit juices and water will also lower the temperature and keep the child hydrated.
- Cool down the body by wiping the entire body with a sponge dipped in lukewarm water, not cold water.
- Dip a cloth in normal tap water and place on the child’s forehead.
- Homemade remedies such as rubbing the feet with garlic or onion paste will help cure the fever. The same procedure applies with the use of olive oil or egg white.
Watch Out for Serious Signs during Fever
Some serious complications may develop at the onset of fever. Call a doctor immediately when symptoms like the following start to show:
- Constant diarrhea or vomiting
- High-pitched crying
- Dry mouth
- Pain in the ears
- Loss of appetite
- Pale complexion
- Recurring fever for several days
- For infants, check if there’s swelling on the soft spot on the head
- Difficulty in breathing
- Stomach ache