As soon as you feel a fever coming on, you often make your way straight to the medicine cabinet and pop a few pills. A fever isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. It’s just a sign that your body is putting up a good fight against an infection. A high temperature means that your body is producing more white blood cells to go out and destroy the invading bacteria or virus. Because of this, interfering with your body’s defense mechanism by taking pills to bring down the fever might not be such a good idea. So should you let the fever run its course? When do you know it’s too high and needs to be controlled? Here are a few pointers to help you treat a fever the next time you come down with one.
Infants And Toddlers
Your tiny tot might be active but could still feel warmer to the touch than usual. The
Young Children And Teenagers
The same rule applies here as well. Children with a temp up to 102 F do not need medication. Just keep them back at home and rested so their body has a chance to fight off the infection. This is true especially when you can identify the source of the infection like a runny nose or an upset stomach. If the temperature is higher, hasn’t gone down after 3 days or is accompanied by a rash, persistent vomiting or throat swelling, a visit to your doctor is essential. If your child’s temperature isn’t coming down even after the medicines the doctor prescribed, do not reduce the time for the next dose. Instead, call your doctor and get their advice. It’s also important that you keep your child well hydrated with water or juices.
The 102 F rule applies also to adults over 18 years. If your fever is accompanied by a stiff neck, shortness of breath, pain
Making The Patient Comfortable
If the fever is high, try bringing it down with a warm bath or a sponge down. Adding apple cider to the water can also help reduce your fever. Never have a cold bath to bring down high fevers because the sudden drop in temperature can send your body into shock. When this happens,
Feeding The Fever
Your grandma really does know best! A hot bowl of chicken soup is good for the soul and even better for a feverish body. Several components of the chicken soup have health benefits but the best part of it is the cartilage in the broth. Cartilage stimulates the white blood cell production which in turn fights those germs off. Adults can also have hot ginger tea which opens up your pores and encourages the body to sweat out the fever. Orange juice and other fruit juices rich in Vitamin C are also good to get the fluid levels in your body up because they naturally boost your immunity.