March 30, 2010

Causes And Natural Cure For Fever In Infants

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

The rise in body temperature as a result of an injury, infection or inflammation is commonly called a fever. Fever is not an illness in itself but actually a symptom of something else. It is sometimes a result of a bacterial or viral infection such as common cold or gastroenteritis and these usually get better without any treatment. In some cases the fever could be the effect of one of the routine vaccinations and are usually not a great cause for concern.

The listlessness, irritability and lack of appetite are common in feverish children and may increase as the fever worsens. You have not mentioned the age of your child, if the child is below two months, it would be best to consult your doctor. If the child is above the age use a thermometer either under the arm pit or within the rectum to test the temperature. Make sure that the thermometer is inserted gently about 1 & 1/4 to 2 cms into the rectum. The child should be face down and should not move around while the temperature is being taken. Keep the thermometer inserted for at least 2-3 minutes and then take a reading. A temperature of 100.3F is normal in healthy children. If it is above 100.4 F it is necessary to bring down the fever as soon as possible.

The fever usually causes dehydration; hence it is important to give your child fluids frequently in small sips. If you are still breast feeding, make sure it is done regularly as the nutrients in the breast milk will improve the child’s immunity. The child could also be given lukewarm water, chicken soup, carrot juice, lemon and honey or even fruit juice that is diluted. Bathe the child in warm water or sponge down with a flannel cloth dipped in tepid water to ease the child’s irritability. You could use a cold compress on the child’s forehead every 10-15 minutes or so till the temperature goes down. A popular remedy is the use of garlic that is first made into a paste and then spread onto a thin strip of gauze. Apply olive oil onto your child’s feet and wrap them lightly with the gauze strips leaving the soles uncovered for the heat to escape. The child should wear loose fitting clothes that leave it comfortable and allow for air circulation. In case the fever persists please consult a doctor.