How to treat viral fever in children at home

An Overview

A viral fever is any fever that happens as a result of a viral infection. Viruses are tiny germs that spread easily from person to person.
When you contract a viral condition, such as a cold or flu, your immune system responds by going into overdrive. Part of this response often involves raising your body’s temperature to make it less hospitable to the virus and other germs. Most parents worry about a fever and do everything to bring it down. However, the measure of temperature is not the best indicator of whether or not a fever is cause for concern. As a parent, you need to observe how comfortable your child is. If your child has a low fever and is active, you may not need to intervene at all! However, it is important to monitor food and fluid intake, and the pattern of urination of a child with a fever.

Symptoms of Fever

One of the major signs of fever that parents notice is that their child is feeling warm to touch. This is not necessarily an accurate indicator, because although a warm forehead is common sign of fever in babies, it does not always indicate the presence of fever. Other symptoms of fever include poor sleeping, poor eating, lack of interest in playing, less active or even being lethargic. Babies may also seem crankier and fussier than usual

Tips to cure fever in children

1. Cold Compress:

Place a damp washcloth on your baby’s forehead while she’s asleep. This is one of the best home remedies for high fever in babies. Doing this reduces your child’s body temperature and lessens discomfort. Squeeze the excess water and apply the cold cloth on baby’s forehead. If the temperature is high then apply the cold cloth on baby’s feet as well.

2. Rubbing an Onion:

If you are an Indian, you must have heard your mother and grandmother preach about the medicinal benefits of onion. Onion not only helps in reduction of body temperature but also relieves the body of pains during fever. Simply cut one whole onion into thin slices and rub 2 to 3 pieces on your child’s feet for a few minutes. This process may be repeated twice a day to reduce fever.

3. Lukewarm Bath:

Give your baby a gentle, lukewarm bath in a tub or sponge her with warm water. This method will reduce the temperature as the water evaporates off her body. Don’t bathe her in room-temperature water. This can cause a rapid and drastic temperature change and aggravate the fever.

4. Lemon Juice Added to Honey:

Vitamin C in lemon strengthens our body’s immunity. Honey provides our body with nourishment. A combination of the two is effective in reducing fever. You can add 1 tablespoon of honey to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix it well and feed your toddler. His fever is sure to reduce.

5. Breast feed regularly:

For babies of 6 months of age and younger should be regularly breastfed. Breastmilk is the best source of fluid and essential nutrients for baby’s body which will aid in fighting the fever.

6. No Layers:

Do not cover your baby in multiple layers of clothes, instead, make him wear a light and thin layered dress to let the heat escape from his body. You can also use a light blanket if the baby is not comfortable in his clothes

7. Egg White Soak:

Take 3 tablespoons of egg white and beat it in a small bowl. Dip a clean piece of cloth in it. Leave the cloth to soak for a minute and then cover the feet of your child with the cloth. Leave it on your child’s feet for an hour. It will lower your baby’s body temperature. You can repeat the process to reduce his/her fever effectively.

8. Fluid Intake:

Give your infant plenty of fluids when she’s suffering from fever. Water, juice, and yoghurt are good for her body.

9. Basil Leaves:

Basil or Tulsi leaves have antibiotic, germicidal properties. They are additionally anti-bacterial and fungicidal in nature. Tulsi has been used for fighting viral fever since long. You need to boil 20 tulsi leaves in a litre of water and add half spoon of powdered clove to it. Boil the solution till it reduces to half and feed it to your child every two hours. It can reduce fever.

10. Rice Starch:

Rice starch acts as a diuretic agent. It helps in strengthening the body’s immune system. It promotes urination which helps in flushing out body toxins. You can use rice starch as a home remedy for effectively reducing viral fever.

11. Feed your Child at Regular Intervals:

During fever, the body needs more of Vitamin A, B, C, Calcium, Sodium and Iron. The diet recommended is a high-calorie, high-protein, low-fat and high-fluid diet. Bone broth or chicken soup with vegetables can be fed to the child. Bone broth has a high content of cartilage which helps in the generation of white blood cells that defend the body against infections

12. Sponge bath:

Make your baby lie in a tub and give him a sponge bath with lukewarm water. This will not only bring down baby’s temperature but also calm his fussiness.

13. Rest in Cool Room:

The surroundings of the baby should be cool. Maintain the temperature of the room from 26-28º C to make your baby comfortable.

14. Keep your Child Hydrated:

Apart from soups and solid food, fluid intake in the form of water and juices is essential. Fruit juices, glucose water, milk, barley water, coconut water and buttermilk boost the body’s energy level and give it the strength it needs to recover. Newborn babies, who are being breastfed, should be fed every 10 minutes. If the baby is bottle-fed, make sure you increase the number of feedings to compensate for fluid loss from the body. A newborn needs to receive about 30ml extra with each feed. A one-year-old may need up to 90ml extra at each feeding.

15. Saline Drops can Reduce Fever:

Saline drops can be prepared by adding a ¼ tablespoon of salt in 230ml water. The water needs to be stirred till the salt dissolves completely. Carefully put 2 drops in each nostril of your child with a dropper. Administering saline drops helps clear a congested nose and reduces fever.

Hope this Symptoms and cure article will be helpful to all. Do not forget to share your valuable suggestions if any.

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