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Fevers in Children

Fevers are a common symptom that occurs in children, and often worrisome for parents. Our usual response is to medicate straight away, but read this blog to get a few ideas before heading straight to the Panadol.

Fevers can be a response to infections, burns, dehydration, exertion, over excitement, overdressing and heatstroke. However, they are usually the result of a viral infection, where the body immune system uses its natural defence mechanism to help fight off the infection.  Research has shown that raising the body’s temperature will help to destroy the viruses and bacteria, as they are unable to survive in high temperatures. Strategies to support your child through a fever include:

  • Keep your child hydrated with plenty of water, herbal teas and broths
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest
  • Generally sweating will help to manage the fever, however it is not recommended to overdress or heavily cover your child.
  • If your child is shivering or has cold hands or feet do not attempt to lower the temperature as the body is still raising the temperature to help warn of the infection.
  • Allow for at least an extra day of convalescence for each day of the fever.
  • Tepid baths and sponging can also assist in making your child more comfortable and help to lower the fever.
  • Herbal Teas can be a useful way to help lower the fever your naturopath may consider using herbs such as yarrow, elderflower and peppermint.
  • If a fever persists for more than 24 hours, or goes above 40⁰C, it is worth treating with medication from your pharmacist, or if in doubt, see your doctor.