It is as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning that our darling little angel will get sick. And when they do, it can be quite the panic-inducing experience for us parents. One of the more common illnesses that we will encounter during our journey through parenthood is fever. It's a good sign that your child's immune system is working to fight off whatever bug or virus they had picked up, but it doesn't make those sleepless nights any easier.
Fear not though! As an experienced parent who has been there and done that (multiple times over) I am here to share with you some tips and tricks on how to comfort your feverish baby without sacrificing sanity or dignity.
Creating a comfortable environment
Creating a peaceful environment for your little one while also keeping them cool can greatly help in easing their discomforts.
Keep room temperature low
Having too warm of a room temperature makes sleeping uncomfortable due to sweating and overheating. Aim for 68-72°F (20-22°C) degrees which studies show allow for better sleep quality.
Choose lightweight clothing like cotton shirts, loose swaddles or sleeves less bodysuits rather than something heavy (We all love fancy clothes but baby does not care) . Dress your baby appropriately by checking their neck area from time-to-time throughout the day - if this area is hot then adjust their layers accordingly so they don't overheat.
Cool mist humidifier
A cool mist humidifier places moisture into dry air which helps soothe nasal passages thereby reducing coughing & congestion difficulty breathing caused by usual illnesses; turning crank? add few drops of essential oils such as lavender oil (remember few drops only).
Sometimes even just encouraging rest isn't enough to ease away fevers pain so now we consistently talk about another excellent way of giving relief to a feverish baby.
Paracetamol or ibuprofen - Which should I use?
Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are commonly used antipyretics (medications that help in reducing the body's temperature). It is advised to refer to your pediatrician before giving medicine – their age-range, dose & strength have been given on their pack. The important thing to remember is to not give both drugs at once, as there is a chance of potential overdose.
Pro tip: When your baby seems like they might be coming down with an illness keep stocked up on medication when you notice a sale. Check and dispose expired medications!
Natural home remedies
Aside from paracetamol, another great way of alleviating fevers symptoms are natural home remedies below:
Bath Time Fun
While it may seem counter-intuitive since we just got through discussing keeping the room cool...a warm bath can actually do wonders for helping lower your little one’s temperature (science doesn’t make sense sometimes) . A few drops of lavender oil can also soothe them even more.
Here's our take: Depending on water temperture immersion, baths can act in increasing or decreasing body temprature regardless with soothing expectations . Using too cold water will shock its tiny body adjusting its internal temperatures alternatively; hot water still brings relief but later acclimates itself taking ten times longer °F/ 5-10 Minutes
Fluids Proved helpful in diluting mucus thus relieving nasal passage issue plus elevating moods ask your physician “pedialyte” without additional sugars; tasty ice pops made out of coconut milk yogurt strawberries/mangoes etc., aid visibility while being equally satisfying .
Please don't try all these flavours at once despite how "cool mom" you think it would sound
One cannot forget about love-based remedies.
Pro tip: As silly as it may sound, spending quality skin-to-skin time with your little one can do a world of good for raising their spirits and easing discomforts - not to mention there are benefits of bonding that strengthen the parent-child relationship (moments which make our world-go-round).