Children are more prone to fever than adults, so knowing some effective natural ways to reduce fever and help them feel better can be a lifesaver
Seeing your little one suffering with a high temperature is never easy. As a parent, you want to be able to help your children to feel comfortable and well again.
Firstly, it’s important to understand what a fever is and at what point medical advice is needed. Once you’ve established that your child doesn’t have a high fever that requires medical attention, you can try some natural ways to help reduce their temperature, making them feel better.
1. Keep hydrated: drink little and often
Why? When a child has a fever they can quickly become dehydrated due to sweating, so replenishing lost fluids is really important to help them get better.
How? Encourage your child to drink plenty of water. Little and often will help to keep their hydration levels up. If they’re not receptive to drinking water, try offering them ice cubes or flavoured ice pops as an alternative. These are more interesting for them, while still offering them the fluids they need to reduce a high temperature.
2. Boost the immune system
Why? A fever is a sign that your body is working hard to fight off infection. With evidence suggesting that an elevated body temperature can help certain types of immune cells to work better, it’s important that you give your immune system a boost to help it work even harder.
How? The bioflavonoids in elderberry syrup boost the body’s immune system by increasing antioxidant levels with their antibacterial and anti-infectious qualities. Elderberry syrup can be purchased from most health food stores and can be taken as instructed until your child’s sickness goes away.
3. Super soup
Why? Not only is soup a comfort food for most of us, but broth-based soup will help keep your child hydrated and can ease a sore throat.
How? There are loads of great recipes online. Avoid anything spicy or overly acidic, such as tomato-based soups, as these ingredients could irritate a sore throat or delicate tummy.
4. Keep cool & calm
Why? Wearing a pair of wet socks will help bring down body temperature and make children feel more comfortable, especially during the night.
How? Unlike the traditional wet flannel placed on the forehead, socks will remain in place long into the early hours. Wet socks help to increase circulation, in turn contributing to a raised response from the immune system to help fight the fever.