As parents, most of us rush to the doctor for our baby's treatment. But some infants even refuse to take their medication when they feel low on energy! I am happy to say that I have found some home remedies that can be very useful to treat fever in babies...
While there is no exact way that can make the baby's fever go away in a day, there are a few natural home remedies that can definitely ease the discomfort to a great extent:
Giving a Bath or Sponging:
Personally, I have seen that if the baby is given a quick, warm bath, it helps him to relax. He feels fresh, sleeps more, and it is also beneficial for a dip in temperature. The water should be lukewarm and he should be given bath indoors.
Cold Compression on Forehead:
An age old remedy that most grandmothers swear by - it actually works wonders. Placing a cool (not icy, but at room temperature) washcloth on the forehead, wrist and groin area, where the blood vessels are close to the skin's surface, helps ease the temperature of your baby.
Give your baby lots of fluid to maintain the water level in the body. Light soups, juices and plain water should be offered frequently if the baby is older than 6 months of age, and if he is younger, he should be offered breastmilk frequently.
Dress the Baby Lightly:
It is good to dress the baby in light, breathable and soft clothes when he is suffering from fever so that the baby can relax and the temperature can cool down slowly. As a rule, always keep the baby clean, dry and
changed, even if he is suffering from fever. This is not only hygienic but it also makes the baby feel good.
Change Bedsheets and Pillow Covers Every Alternate Day:
The cleaner your baby's everyday environment is, the earlier his illness will subside. If you think your baby has viral infection, changing bedsheets or crib sheets is a good idea, especially if there are other little children in the house.
When you must see a doctor
We often worry about how high is too high for a fever. What many of us don't realize is this: fevers are our friend. It is the body's way of controlling its immune response. If the baby is battling a viral illness, fevers can actually help him recover quickly. So, there is no reason to panic as long as the baby is active, playful and hydrated.
However it is important to seek proper medical care if:
-- the baby's fever persists after 3 days
-- any fever is in a baby less than 3 months old
-- if fever is above 104 degrees
-- the baby is sleeping longer than usual
-- the baby has red, watery eyes
-- the baby's concentration level is weaker than usual
As a mother, it is easier for us to notice anything that is unusual with our baby's health. Always pay attention to signs. If you see any of the above signs, or if the fever doesn't subside with these home remedies, visit your doctor at once.
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