How Can I Make My Child Feel Better?
March 11, 2007 5:12am CST
Again, not all fevers need to be treated. And, in most cases, a fever should be treated only if it's causing your child discomfort. Here are some things you can do to alleviate the symptoms that often accompany a fever:If your child is fussy or appears uncomfortable, you can give acetaminophen or ibuprofen based on the package recommendations for age or weight. If you don't know the recommended dose or your child is younger than 2 years, call your child's doctor to find out how much you should give. Remember that fever medication will usually temporarily bring a temperature down, but it will not return it to normal - and it won't treat the underlying reason for the fever. (Never give aspirin to a child under 12 due to its association with Reye syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease.) Give your child a sponge bath to make him or her more comfortable and help bring the fever down. Use only lukewarm water; cool water may cause shivering, which actually raises body temperature. Never use rubbing alcohol (it can cause poisoning when absorbed through the skin) or ice packs/cold baths (they can cause chills that may raise body temperature). Dress your child in lightweight clothing and cover him or her with a light sheet or blanket. Overdressing and overbundling can prevent body heat from escaping and can cause a temperature to rise. Make sure your child's room is a comfortable temperature - not too hot or too cold. Offer your child plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration - a fever will cause a child to lose fluids more rapidly. Water, soup, ice pops, and flavored gelatin are all good choices. Avoid drinks containing caffeine, including colas and tea, because they can cause your child to pee more. If your baby or child also has vomiting and/or diarrhea, ask your child's doctor if you should give him or her an electrolyte (rehydration) solution made especially for children. You can find these solutions at pharmacies and supermarkets. Don't offer sports drinks - they're not designed for younger children, and the added sugars may make diarrhea worse. Also, limit your child's intake of fruits and apple juice. In general, let your child eat what he or she wants (in reasonable amounts) but don't force eating if your child doesn't feel like it. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest. Staying in bed all day isn't necessary, but a sick child should take it easy. It's best to keep your child home from school or child care if he or she has a fever. Most doctors feel that it's safe to return when temperature has been normal for 24 hours.
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11 Mar 07
This is great advice but, I hope you don't mind me adding a few along with it. As stated above with the lightweight loose fitting clothing and thin blanket or sheet, you will want to make sure that it is cotton to allow the heat to escape the clothing. Polyester material is thin and some can fit loose but, it is a big no no when it comes to wanting heat to escape from your body. Polyester actually hold heat in, this type of material usually is made to resit flame this is the reason why it does hold the heat in. Also if you child is vomiting, yes they need plently of fluids but don't allow them to gulp the fluids cause it will only cause more vomiting. Instead have them sip it and take sips often. This will help keep them hydrated as well from getting sick and please don't give them milk or plain water cause this will also cause vomiting. I have never had a dehydrated child from doing this so far. I am greatful to be able to give more suggestions.
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11 Mar 07
Oh dear there is something I left out, if your child has a sore throat. Yeah the pectin for sore throats is great to help relieve them but, be very careful when using them cause they actually cause their throat to swell. Which is a hazard and can lead to air way blockage. Hope I have helped some.
11 Mar 07
that was really great!this is the reason why i posted this is because i would like to know other parent's view on how to take care of our sick children.you are most welcome to add your parenting skills.:) i would like to also learn more from you.