Fever In Babies

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Fever In Babies

Fever is a common sign of illness, and because of developing immunity in children, fever keeps reoccurring. Fever leads to crankiness and fatigue in babies. Thus as parents, you should look for effective treatment with guidance from the doctor.

Here are some safe and recommended things that can be done when your baby suffers from a fever.


1. Lukewarm Sponge Bath

Giving a sponge bath to your child with lukewarm water helps keep the baby fresh and clean. A lukewarm sponge bath helps a baby to sleep better and recover faster. It also helps the baby to relax and regulate their body temperature. Never use very hot or cold water to give your baby a sponge bath because it may worsen the situation. Use a clean and soft cotton cloth for the sponge bath.


2. Keep your baby at an average room temperature.

Earlier, there was a misconception about keeping the baby at a warm temperature to bring more sweat. However, this may lead to several other problems. If it’s wintertime, you do not need a fan. However, your room temperature should be comfortably cool in summers – around 26 degrees is good enough. You can set your air conditioner at this temperature and use a fan at a slow speed. Do not place the baby directly under the fan. Also, use a cool-mist humidifier to keep the air moist. Dry air can irritate airways.


3. Breastfeeding

Breast milk is essential for babies below the age of 6 months. It provides vital nutrients and minerals, hydration as well as antibodies to the baby. Breastmilk helps to develop the immune system in babies. You should breastfeed your baby as much as possible to prevent dehydration in the baby. Breast milk is easy to digest and helps a baby to recover faster. Formula milk is the alternative option in case of a low breast milk supply.
Remember not to give water to your baby until he is over the age of 6 months. However, parents can provide water, fresh fruit juice, and vegetable puree in small amounts to keep the older babies hydrated and nourished.


4. Basil Leaves

In babies older than six months, basil leaves can be given as a natural antipyretic remedy. Scientifically proven, it helps bring down the fever in kids. Do not serve it directly to children; you need to boil the leaves in two cups of water until it reaches half the amount. Now you may give this with the help of a teaspoon to your child. Do not add Honey or Sugar to it.


5. Prescribed Medicines

Prescribed medicines are essential for the effective treatment of fever in babies. Consult your doctor for the medication and the required dosages if the fever is above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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