Treating Fevers In Children At Home

If you’ve ever been a new parent — you know what fevers are all about. A child’s fever can spike at a moments notice and you aren’t yet sure what you have on your hands. Kids can contract and incubate childhood diseases. Some of them are serious and some just have to be worked through to their completion. Walk in clinics like Doctors Express see quite a lot of this night after night especially 24 hour varieties. In order to save you time and the walk in clinic a crowd — we believe that prevention and education about fevers and childhood disease is essential.

What is considered a low grade fever?

Many parents are confused about what a low-grade fever is and when the fever is high enough to take the child to the walk in clinic or the emergency room. A low grade fever hovers between 100 and 102. If the fever stays parked at no higher than that — the immune system is just busy fighting a bug that should subside in a few days. Remember — it’s not in the best interest of the child to try and bring down a low grade fever. It’s in the best interest of the bug only. The immune system of a toddler is still forming and the fact that it’s been exposed to a minor bug gives the immune system a chance to flex its muscles.

When to go to the walk in clinic or ER:

  • If your child is an infant under three months old.
  • Fever rises to 104.
  • Fever is accompanied by a strange rash.
  • Fever is accompanied by total lack of urination, severe diarrhea or vomiting.

Steps to checking the fever:

  1. Check the temp with an oral {mouth}, rectal {anus}or axillary {armpit} thermometer. Record the time and temperature as well as where of the above locations she took it.
  2. Make sure the temperature is not too warm in the child’s room. You don’t want to make them sweat too much and get an inaccurate reading.
  3. A low grade fever doesn’t have to be treated by medication but you can administer over the counter children’s pain and fever reducers if they are in pain or too uncomfortable to rest.
  4. You can give them plenty of water but you can also add a little nutrition in the form of gelatin, clear chicken or vegetable broth, sugar free fruit juices. Make sure they are urinating normally.
  5. Two mistakes that parents make will make a fever actually rise. When they are complaining of chills make sure to wrap them up only enough that the chills subside. Over dressing and making the child “sweat it out” will make the temperature worse. The second mistake is to bathe the child with water that is too cold or rubbing alcohol until they shiver. Shivering makes the fever spike.

If your child’s fever spikes and they convulse or are short of breath, this is the time to take them to the Emergency Room or call 911 as opposed to a walk in clinic.