How to bring down the temperature of a child: 5 effective ways

How to bring down the temperature of a child: 5 effective ways

Temperature is the eternal companion of childhood diseases. When its indicator is not equal to the classical figure of ‘36.6’, the parents just feel concern for their child. Indeed: the unexpected jump of a temperature of a child can withdraw both strict dad and gentle mom form balance. So if your kid’s got sick and has running nose, feels unwell, complaining of feeling unwell and suffering from the heat, you need help him as quickly as possible. In this article you will read about the 5 really useful and simple ways to bring down the temperature of the child.


Reasons of the high temperature or why it is getting high

If you know the cause of the problem then you know how to solve it. Fever is a response to the attack of infection: it means that the kid’s body resists disease. This is a great natural protection mechanism, given to us by nature. Many germs are killed at an elevated body temperature as it is disastrous for them.

High temperature also has other causes. For example, it can occur in case of excessive physical and emotional activity, nervous shock, and diseases of the endocrine system. In addition, the child’s temperature may increase in response to the vaccine: it means that the process of immunity formation has started.

Temperature may be different

We call the whole temperature higher than ‘37’ high. Doctors say that there are three types of temperature, each of which has its own distinctive features.

• 37-38 degrees. If the mark on the thermometer is within these limits, you should know that your child has low-grade fever. Some experts argue that such a type is considered to be quite normal. The same cannot be said about sensations: the kid can feel his whole body seemed to break, and the strength is not enough for regular gaming and entertainment. Such a temperature is best not to be brought down because the body has a fierce struggle with the virus.

• 38-39 degrees. This type of temperature is called the ‘moderately high’. The child feels worse than in case with the low grade; his breathing becomes more frequent due to the increased heartbeat, his face turns red, chills come. It’s time to take proactive steps to decrease the temperature.

• 39 and higher. In this state the child’s body feels great and dangerous load. A long stay ‘higher than the mark of 39’ can cause seizures and deterioration of the internal organs. It is necessary to take urgent ways to reduce the temperature, and in the case of unsuccessful attempts to have to call an ambulance.

Should it be brought down or not?

To successfully combat the disease you should know what temperature it is necessary to bring down. Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) give definite answer: it is not necessary to take antipyretics at temperatures up to 38 degrees. The main reference point in the answer to the question ‘What temperature you need to bring down?’ is the behavior of the child. The situation, with 37 is on the thermometer, and the child is gay, eats well, plays joyfully with a favorite toy or watches TV, is quite common.

Fever is an indicator that the child’s body is fighting an infection, and he does not need to interfere.

Exceptions are cases when the child loses consciousness, he starts having convulsions, vomiting, diarrhea, skin is frighteningly pale. You must rather seek medical care and take medication drugs.

Having dealt with the temperature which is to be brought down, you need to take certain actions. Below is the information by reading which you will learn how to bring down the temperature of your child at home.

Way 1. Sponging down

This is the simplest, but at the same time effective way to alleviate the suffering of the child. Underneath there is a scientific basis: surface from which moisture evaporates, cools.

For the sponging you should use a sponge or cloth. They should be wetted in water of room temperature (for accuracy lovers: it is 23-25 degrees). It is necessary to monitor compliance with the ‘golden mean’: the sponge should not be excessively humid, but in any case too dry. Ideal is a condition when after the procedure the skin of a child still has a few drops of moisture.

Wondering how to bring down the fever in a child, many parents in order to achieve the best effect add to the water, alcohol or vinegar. Indeed, evaporation using these ingredients is more intense, but you have to remember that kid will be forced to breathe acetic acid or alcohol vapors. And this is not the only threat: such a mixture can burn the delicate baby skin. The most terrible danger is the absorption of alcohol and white vinegar through the pores of the skin. The body, already weakened by disease, will be imposed with a double burden. This is a direct path to intoxication.

The younger the child and the drier the body, the greater the harm from alcohol rubs. It is possible that you will go to the hospital with the baby, not because of high temperature but because of poisoning with acetic acid or alcohol.


Sometimes particularly zealous parents use virtually ice-cold water for the sponging, bringing well-known physics law to medical activity: if you want something cool, you just need to apply something very cool to it. The body with the highest temperature immediately gives the excess heat to the body with a lower temperature. Following this law, many simply dip the sick baby in the bath with cold water (this practice is particularly prevalent in some rural areas). It is not always the way to benefit, but the harm is quite often. Upon contact with anything too cold sensitive skin of the child experiences shock: there is vasospasm. If you attach to the body of your baby bag with ice, then the temperature of this body area will be lower, but at what cost! The internal temperature of the body will increase significantly: in the heat just will not have a way out. This method will result in not correcting the state but in its deterioration.

You may dip the child in the water, but not in the ice. Suitable water temperature is around 33-35 degrees. Duration of treatment is 20 minutes. To enhance the heat transfer you can massage the body with the help of sponges: in doing so, you increase blood circulation in the child’s body. It is not recommended to dry the skin completely with the towel. The adoption of such a bath does not lead to the appearance of cramps and has a healing effect.

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