Home Remedies for Fever in Toddlers

Fever in Toddlers is a common illness. as parent you should not worry too much and you can treat your children by using home remedies that you can do by yourself at home. BUT if your children had a fever for more than 24 hours, don't be hesitate to take them to doctor to get further treatment.

Fever is not a disease but a symptom. Fever occurs when the immune system is fighting the infection. In medical terms, a person considered of having a fever when his temperature reached 37.5 degrees Celsius or more.

Home Remedies for Fever in Toddlers

The most rapid, precise, and easy to recognize if your child has a fever is to check his body temperature. Inspection of body temperature is done using thermometers. Do not rely on palpation hand to measure fever. Child's temperature can be higher than expected.

Toddlers are more often experience fever, and in general, the cause of the fever is not something that is serious or life-threatening.

Conditions of fever itself actually have the functionality and benefits to the body. With the increase in body temperature, will allow germs that cause infections are uncomfortable being in the child's body.
The fever is more common in toddlers aged six months to five years. This is due to a mild viral infection such as the flu or a cold, which can be treated by yourself.

Causes of Fever in toddlers

What causes a child to have a fever?

Below are the causes of fever in toddlers from mild to dangerous:

  • Respiratory tract infections. it can be caused by bacteria or viruses. Starting from colds, flu, and sore upthroat.
  • Ear infections.
  • tonsillitis
  • The side effects of immunization.
  • Sinusitis.
  • Roseola virus.
  • Diarrhea caused by contaminated food (gastroenteritis).
  • Kidney infection.
  • Whooping cough.
  • Dysentery.
  • Typhus.
  • Chicken pox.
  • Dengue fever.
  • Malaria.
  • Urinary tract infection.
  • Pneumonia: inflammation of the lungs caused by an infection.
  • Meningitis or inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain.
  • Septicemia or blood infection.
  • Hot environments and the use of clothes that is too thick or layered.

Other symptoms come along with fever in toddlers

Body considered having a fever if over the limit of normal body temperature, 37.5 degrees Celsius or above 98.6 F  . Sometimes there are other symptoms that accompany the fever, such as sweating, shaking, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, dehydration, and the body felt weak.
Fever in children is a normal reaction of the body against infection occurred. But the fever can be dangerous if it is accompanied by complications.

Here are some symptoms that occur along with fever and ought to be aware of:

  • The child's body becomes much more weak and diminished awareness.
  • Being sensitive to bright light.
  • The reaction was less responsive.
  • More often difficult to sleep and woken up.
  • Experiencing confusion.
  • Experience an interruption in breathing.
  • Experiencing symptoms of dehydration such as infrequent urination, crying without the tears, and a little sweat despite the heat.
  • Vomiting accompanied by headache or stiff neck.
  • The inside of the lips or skin looks pale or began to turn blue.
  • Experiencing pain in the inner ear.
  • Abdominal pain or pain when urinating.
  • Having a seizure.
  • High fever with rash.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea that is sustainable and does not subside.
  • Swelling of the throat.

What temperature is dangerous for a child?

If your child aged 0-6 months with a fever of 38 degrees Celsius or more, should be immediately taken to a doctor. For children over 6 months, should be taken to the doctor if you have had a fever for more than 24 hours.

Complications fever in toddlers

Fever in children can cause some complications if not treated properly. It is important to seek and evaluate other symptoms that occur together with a fever. Here is a complication that can occur due to fever:

  • Severe dehydration.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Convulsions.
  • Serious illness is not detected and transformed into severe stages.

Home Treatment for Fever In Toddlers

If the child has a fever, make sure they drink plenty of water. Although when the child is not thirsty, try to tell them to drink little by little. Fever will make children lose fluids more quickly so that the risk for dehydration even higher. Avoid beverages containing caffeine because it can lead to dehydration.

Fever-lowering drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be given to children with fever. But, always follow the instructions and use the rules as written on the packaging. Age, height and weight of children will determine the required dose children. It is given so that your child feels more comfortable and quiet.

Keep out of children's aspirin. Aspirin can cause side effects Reye's syndrome, which is a potentially fatal disease that affects the brain and liver.

Here are other steps to overcome the fever in children:

Make sure there is good air temperature. Give clothes were thin so that body heat can get out.
Always check the child's temperature regularly. Use a thermometer and do not rely on hand palpation.
Create an environment that is as comfortable as possible for your child to rest. Also, make sure he's getting enough rest. Kids will usually fussy when experiencing fever.

Compress with plain water or a bit cold.
Make sure your child does not feel cold or hot. Cover with a blanket to taste.
Give foods that are easily digested and that your child likes. But still choose foods that nourish the body.

Give appropriate medication dosage and expiry rules. Ask your doctor if you are in doubt and do not mix medicines without knowing the content and usage regulation.

Natural home remedies to reduce fever in toddlers

Here are some choice traditional high temperature-lowering drugs that can be tried. Important note, the doses listed on the following formula is the dosage for adults. When you want to give to children, read the rules and adjust the dose for children with age levels.

(See at the last section of this article : Dose Safe for Children.)

What is good for fever?

1. Zingiber amaricans

Contains essential oil compounds, namely sekuiterpenketon useful to reduce the heat. Commonly used is the rhizome; yellowish white color and bitter taste.

How: Rinse 10 grams of tubers Zingiber amaricans. Grate and add 1/2 cup hot water and stir well. Once cool, squeeze, take the juice. Mix with 2 tablespoons (tbsp) honey, cotton flower, stir well. Give 3 times a day.

2. Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

This Contains volatile oil, curcumin, turmeron and zingiberen which can be useful as antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. In addition, as the lowering of heat, this mixture also can increase stamina. Commonly used is the rhizome; the color orange.

How: Rinse and 10 grams of turmeric tuber. Grate and add 1/2 cup hot water and stir well. Once cool, squeeze, take the juice. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon. Mix with 2 tablespoons honey, cotton flower, stir well. Divide into 3 parts honey and turmeric, then given three times a day.

3. Bitter (Andrographis paniculata)

All parts of the plant can be used. Andrographolide lactones (bitter substances), diterpene, glucosides and flavonoids that can reduce the heat. Even in 1991 had conducted research in Thailand that 6 g per day of bitter as effective as paracetamol.

How: Boil 10 grams of dried bitter leaves, 25 g dried turmeric tuber (2.5 thumb), and 200 cc of water. Boil until the water boils and stay 100 cc, then strain. Once warm, add 100 cc or mahogany cotton flower honey and stir well. Divide into 3 parts, give three times a day.

4. Gotu kola (Centella asiatica L.)

Plants are known by the name of the horse's foot leaves grow creeping ground surface. The leaves are green and shaped like a fan kidney. Contains triterpenoids, saponins, hydrocotyline, and vellarine. Helpful to reduce the heat, revitalizing the body and blood vessels as well as to strengthen the structure of body tissue. Gotu kola also soothing or cooling, add energy and unappetizing meal.

How: Boil 1 handful fresh kola with 2 cups water to boil and water to 1 cup. Divide into 3 parts and drink 3 times a day.

5. Ginger (Curcuma xanthorhiza Roxb.)

Appearance resembles ginger ginger and white, just different colors of flowers and rhizomes. Yellow ginger flowers are white or pale yellow, while the meeting is white and white with red edges. Rhizome of ginger orange-brown, while the rhizome part in the meeting is white and light yellow.

Wild Ginger has active substances germacrene, xanthorrhizol, alpha beta curcumena, and others. Its benefits as an anti-inflammatory, antibiotics, and increasing the production and secretion of bile. Wild Ginger since the first widely used as a febrifuge, stimulate appetite, treat jaundice, diarrhea, ulcers, bloating and fatigue.

How: Rinse 10 grams of ginger rhizome. Grate and add 1/2 cup hot water and stir well. Once cool, squeeze, take the juice. Mix with 2 tablespoons honey, cotton flower, stir well. Split into 3 mixture of honey and ginger, then given three times a day.

6. Onion (Allium cepa L.)

Shallots are often used as a spice in the kitchen. Contains essential oils, sikloaliin, metilaliin, kaempferol, quercetin, and floroglusin.

How: Peel 5 red onions. Coarsely grated and add coconut oil to taste, then smeared to the crown and the whole body.

7. Leaves of hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa sinensis)

Apart from hibiscus leaves, you can also take advantage of cottonwood leaves or betel leaves. Hibiscus contains flavonoids, saponins and polyphenols. Cottonwood leaves contain flavonoids, saponins and tannins. Betel leaves contain flavonoids, saponins, polyphenols, and essential oil.

How: Wash the leaves, dry with a clean cloth, reheat briefly over a flame so weak. Knead so limp, basting with coconut oil, kompreskan in the stomach and head.

8. Meniran (Phyllanthus niruri L.)

High crop reaches 1 meter, grows wild, round-shaped leaves belong compound leaves finned even. All parts of this plant can be used. Contains lignans, flavonoids, alkaloids, triterpenoids, tannins, vitamin C, and others. Helpful to reduce heat and increase endurance.

How: Boil 1 handful fresh meniran with 2 cups water to boil and water to 1 cup. Divide into 3 parts and drink 3 times a day.

9. Young coconut water

Coconut water contains many minerals, including potassium. At the time of the heat, the body will expend a lot of sweat to lower body temperature. Well, to replace the sweat that comes out,

Dose Safe for Toddlers

According to Dr. Adji, Doctors Association of Traditional Eastern Health Development

The use of medicinal plants with the proper dose will not cause any side effects and safe. The following doses are recommended dose to get ride of fever in children:

Age dose

Baby 1/8 adult dose

2-5 years 1/4 adult dose

6-9 years 1/3 adult dose

10-13 years half the adult dose

14-16 years 3/4 adult dose

(Doctors Association of Traditional Eastern Health Development)

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