The Best Home Remedies for the Treatment of Fever in Children
Treatment of fever in children
Treating fever in children at home
Is your child having one of those days, where you pour water onto his body and it feels like someone is piercing a thousand small knifes into his skin? Or, the day is very sunny and warm yet, your child feels like he’s in Antarctica, where he has to bundle up because there’s too much cold? If your answer is yes, then your child is probably experiencing a fever.
Fever, while it makes children feel very sick, is actually their bodies’ natural way of fighting off disease causing organisms including but not limited to fungi, viruses and bacteria. In this post, I’d share some of the best home remedies for treating fever, the nightmare of many a child. To start us off, I’ll examine what fever is, its symptoms and some of its causes.
What is fever?
Fever refers to a condition where the temperature of the body is high, and you experience pains in certain parts of the body. Sometimes the body’s temperature gets too high, in which case the fever is said to have metamorphosed into hyperthermia; a condition where the body is no longer able to control its own temperature.
Fever is not an illness in itself; rather, it’s a symptom of an underlying disease. In children, some of these diseases are chickenpox, ear and throat infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, allergic reactions to drugs, joint inflammations, cancers and gastrointestinal diseases, just to mention a few. Apart from feeling cold and pain, symptoms of fever include: reduced ability to concentrate, sleepiness, lethargy, and loss of appetite.
Fever in children
Best home remedies for fever in children
Having examined what fever is, its causes and symptoms, let’s explore some home remedies for the condition.
Vinegar with lukewarm water
First is mixing a bucket of lukewarm water with a cup of vinegar, and bathing your child with the mixture for about ten minutes. But if you are not the bathing type, you can always have your kid sip a cup of water mixed with vinegar. You could also soak socks in water mixed with vinegar, wring the socks out and apply them to your kid’s feet. Vinegar contains minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, sodium and others that your body loses when you have a fever. Why not replenish these minerals while subduing the fever?
Artichoke leaves are also very helpful for relieving your kids of common fever. Of course, this assumes that your child is a lover of vegetables. But even if your kid hates vegetables, I’m pretty confident that he/she wouldn’t mind trading “bad-tasting” leaves for good health. All you have to do is boil two to three artichoke leaves in water for ten minutes, until they become soft. Feed the bottom part of the lives to your child and they should be relieved.
Ginger is another potent remedy for fevers in your child. The rhizome is amazing at eradicating heat from your kid’s body, and cooling him or her down from fever. To prepare this remedy, you will place half a teaspoon of grated ginger into boiling water for some minutes. When done, you can add some honey or sugar to taste, and serve the drink to your child three to four times a day. Not only will ginger relieve your kid of the fever, it will also go a long way to enhance your child’s ability to fight off infections.
Similar to ginger, in the ability to induce sweat and relieve fever, is garlic. Garlic is full of antifungal and antibacterial properties that fight off diseases and infections of all sorts. To make use of this remedy, you only need to peel a clove of garlic, mince it, and let it settle in a cup of hot water. Let your child drink the mixture two to three times in a day. Alternatively, if your kid doesn’t react well to garlic, you can mix minced garlic with two tablespoons of olive oil, and apply heat to the mixture. When done, apply the heated mixture to soles of your child’s feet, wrapping them with gauze. This should relieve your kid’s fever overnight.
You can also administer peppermint tea to your child to relieve his or her fever. Worldwide, peppermint is recognized for its multi-fold properties, which include cooling. Mint cools your child’s body down by extracting heat from it. To prepare this remedy, you only need to place a tablespoon of crushed mint leaves into a cup of hot water. Let it stand for about ten minutes, sieve the tea, and add honey to taste. Let your child have this magic tea three to four times in a day, and his/her fever will be gone. Or, you can mix the mint with pepper powder and ginger powder in boiling water. Then sieve the mixture, and give it to your child three to four times a day.
Finally, you can use egg whites to reduce the temperature of your child who has fever. Egg whites are amazing at extracting heat from the body, without any unwanted side effects. To use egg whites, break two or three eggs in a pan; separate the yolks and beat the egg whites for a minute; soak a thin towel with the beaten egg whites, and apply to the soles of your child’s feet. Repeat the process until your child’s fever is subdued.
The above remedies are the best home remedies for getting rid or relieving fever in children. This is because the remedies are things which you can easily get at home.