FEVER : How to help your child
Seeing your child suffering tugs at your heart strings. I’m sure that you would like to do everything possible to give relief. If his face is looking flushed, feel his forehead and his body with your hand first to check if they feel hot. He probably has fever.
MEASURE HIS TEMPERATURE:
You can check his temperature by using either a clinical or a digital thermometer. The latter is accurate and unbreakable. It can be used to measure his temperature by keeping it under the armpit or under the tongue for 30 seconds. If your baby is asleep, you can put it inside his ear for the same time. When it beeps the temperature shows on the display window. Take his temperature regularly; in the beginning, every half an hour. If the fever persists for twenty four hours, or if there is vomiting or rash call the doctor.
TRY TO BRING THE TEMPERATURE DOWN:
Take off his clothes and put on comfortable and loose clothes that he can sleep in. Make him lie down . Cover him with a light cotton bed sheet. Keep the room cool. Change his sheets regularly to keep him comfortable. A child with a fever , may feel too weak to do anything but lie down.
KEEP HIM HAPPILY OCCUPIED:
If he doesn’t want to lie down, don’t insist on it. He will lie down when he is tired without you telling him. Instead keep him occupied with things he likes doing- watching T.V, Painting, or colouring or playing with his toys, Try to make time to sit with him, chat with him or read to him or play simple games that he can play while sitting in bed.
If the doctor has seen your child, he will prescribe suitable medicine and mention the dosage. A child’s dose of liquid paracetamol or ibuprofen can be given to reduce his fever.
Some of the older generation would not recommend it, but, curds(dahi) is good even during fever. Fruit like bananas, sapotas(cheeku) and mangoes are good for him eat. Give him things that he likes to eat- but in smaller portions. It is better to give him frequent meals with smaller portions. Don’t insist on his eating if he doesn’t feel like it.
Your child must pass adequate amounts of urine daily. The loss of fluid must be replaced with more fluid to flush his system. His recommended intake of fluid should be at least eight glasses of water. He can also drink diluted juices. Keep his favourite drink at his bedside so that he can sip as and when he feels like it.
CLEANLINESS AND HYGIENE:
He may not feel like a bath. But you can sponge him down with a small hand towel. If he vomits, make sure to rinse his mouth and brush his teeth. You can give him a peppermint to keep his breath fresh.
Keep visiting with him to keep him from being fretful and lonely.
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2 – 5 yrs