When your baby has a fever, you panic and fear the worst.
But fever is not a disease yet a clear proof that your child’s body is fighting off germs and trying to beat the illness.
In most cases, fever does not indicate a life-threatening condition, though it should not be neglected. Hereinafter are some home remedies to help you treat fever:
- Don’t overdress your baby and don’t cover him with many blankets even if he’s shivering, since extra layers can worsen his condition. Try one layer of light cotton clothing and one lightweight blanket.
- Make sure your baby’s room is comfortable with moderate temperature.
- Wipe your baby’s abdomen and armpits with vinegar mixed with water.
- Apply warm compresses to your baby’s forehead, neck, palms and legs.
- Make sure you give your baby fluids in sufficient quantities, to spare him dehydration caused by extra sweating.
- Make sure to breastfeed your baby for the longest period possible, as your milk contains probiotics that colonise your baby’s gut and provide it with all the necessary means to resist infections and diseases, in addition to other beneficial nutrients.
- If breastfeeding is impossible for one reason or another, ask your doctor about the possibility of replacing your milk with an infant formula that is full of minerals, vitamins, essential nutrients for growth and immunity, as well as probiotics. Given that the major role of probiotic bacteria is to improve the immune system’s function by reducing the number of IgA plasma cells, increasing the phagocytosis rate, raising levels of T white cells and natural killer cells, in addition to boosting gut’s immunity and ability to fight illnesses.
- Whenever your baby seems capable of eating solids, serve him soft bland foods with low level of fibers.
- Do not place ice, directly or after adding water to it, on your baby’s skin, to not damage his capillaries and cause them to break.
In case your baby’s temperature remains high for more than 24 hours or if it reaches 39 degrees despite all your serious efforts to cure it, then you should take him to the doctor to examine him and prescribe him the right medication or fever reducer.
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