Best Home Remedies to Treat Fever in Children
Fever is a very common illness among children. If your child is suffering from fever here are the best home remedies you can use to treat fever in children.
Fevers are common among children. And so is the dilemma that parents face when a child has a fever—to rush to the doctor or treat the child at home.
To take an informed decision, it’s important to understand why children have a fever. Fever is a self-defense mechanism used by the human body to fight infections. At high temperatures, the body produces white blood cells which provide defense against infection and restrain the growth of virus or bacteria. Interestingly, lowering the fever may actually hamper the body’s natural mechanism to fight the infection.
If you wake up at night and find out that your child’s forehead feels warm, do not panic. Take a deep breath and analyze the following:
- If your baby is suffering from cold, then he/she is likely to get a fever
- Your child can have a fever post vaccination
- Many babies have a fever during teething
Here are some effective remedies for fever in children that are very potent in providing relief from fever:
1. Ginger Bath
Ginger is capable of killing bacteria which are responsible for fever in children. It helps in sweating which, in turn, helps remove body heat and toxins. Add about 2 tablespoons of ginger powder to a bathtub filled with warm water. The powder needs to be stirred well. You can give your ailing child a warm ginger bath.
2. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile Tea is a good remedy for fever. Boil water and soak chamomile tea leaves for a minute. Add honey to it and give your child as many drops as he/she can take about two times a day. Some children do not enjoy the change of taste, so keep your fingers crossed.
3. Rubbing an Onion
Onion not only helps in the reduction of body temperature but also relieves the body of pains during fever. Simply cut one whole onion into thin slices and rub 2 to 3 pieces on your child’s feet for a few minutes. This process may be repeated twice a day to reduce fever.
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4. Lemon Juice Added to Honey
Vitamin C in lemon strengthens our body’s immunity. Honey provides our body with nourishment. A combination of the two is effective in reducing fever. You can add 1 tablespoon of honey to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix it well and feed your toddler. His fever is sure to reduce.
5. Massage your Baby with Mustard Oil Garlic
You must have heard that mustard oil and garlic effectively reduce fever. This is indeed true. In addition, it releases body pain and helps in sweating to remove body toxins. Just heat 2 tablespoons of mustard oil and add 1 tablespoon of garlic paste to it. Leave the mixture undisturbed for 2 minutes. Apply the mixture on your child’s chest, feet, palms, back and neck prior to bedtime.
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So, try these Indian home remedies for fever that do not bear any harmful side effects. Try these as a first line of medication. However, if you do not see improvement or observe that the symptoms are getting worse, consult a doctor.