8 Effective Home Remedies for Fever in Toddlers

Checking a toddler's fever

A fever is not a matter of great concern, unless it’s way too high, as this is how the body activates the defence mechanism against infection. Usually, a toddler can easily handle a body temperature up to 100 degrees. Most often such a mild fever can be dealt with using home remedies.

Home Remedies to Treat your Toddler’s Fever

A mother checking her daughter's fever

At times you may find yourself in a dilemma of whether to take your child to a doctor or not when the temperature is mild. On top of that, you may have to wake up in the middle of the night to console your baby if she is crying or not feeling comfortable due to fever. In either case, it’s better to be ready for the unexpected, and that’s when home remedies come to your rescue.

Following are some of the home remedies for fever in 1 year old and above, to soothe your little ones:

1. Onion

Onion is an integral part of the Indian kitchen, but did you know that it also has the medicinal values to reduce fever? All you need is a few slices of onion and wait for the wonder.

What is required?

A couple of thin slices of onion.

Direction

Rub 2-3 thin slices of onion on the back of your child’s feet. Repeat this twice a day for better results.

2. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is one of the best natural remedies for fever in a toddler.

What is required?

The recipe for this natural remedy is very simple. You just need chamomile tea leaves and honey.

Direction

Bring some water to boil and soak chamomile tea leaves in it for about a minute. Add honey to it and feed a few drops of it to your child, twice a day.

3. Raisins

Raisins are a rich source of antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It helps in fighting against infections, causing the temperature to drop down.

What is required?

All you need is a handful of raisins (20-25, to be precise), a tablespoon of lime juice, ½ cup of water.

Direction

Soak all the raisins in a ½ cup of water for about an hour. Crush them once they become soft and strain the liquid. Add lime juice to it for better results. Feed this tonic to your child twice a day and see the magic.

4. Sponge bathe with warm water

Bath your toddler with warm water to reduce the temperature. Sponge bath provides a soothing effect to the body, helping your child to feel at ease. However, ensure that the water is warm enough, so she doesn’t shiver. If you notice shiver in your toddler, then take her out of the bathtub and dry her immediately.

What is required?

Warm water in a tub and a sponge.

Direction

Don’t use cold water. Prepare a tub full of warm water to let your baby sit in. As soon as the water starts to evaporate through the skin, it will lower the temperature

5. Electrolytes solutions

Sometimes a fever may induce diarrhoea or vomiting in the toddler, causing your child to lose essential salts, minerals, and nutrients from her body. Experts advise that you make use of electrolyte solutions to replenish the lost fluids from the body. You can easily avail these electrolyte solutions from your local drug store.

What is required?

A sachet of ORS solution.

Direction

Pour the content of electrolyte solution in 1 litre of water or as prescribed on it. Ensure that you keep feeding your child with this solution at frequent intervals.

6. Ginger bath

Ginger is known for its medicinal values and can eliminate bad bacterias which are responsible for fever. Ginger bath, induces sweating which facilitates expelling heat and toxins.

What is required?

2 tablespoons of ginger powder, a bathtub and warm water.

Directions

Add ginger powder to the bathtub filled with warm water. Stir the powder well in the water. Place your child in the bathtub and let her stay in it until she starts to sweats. Ensure that the water is not too hot. Keep it at a lukewarm temperature.

7. Mustard Oil and Garlic Massage

Mustard oil and garlic, both of these are known for their medicinal qualities. A mixture of mustard oil and garlic is one of the best home remedies for fever in toddlers of the 2 years old age group.

What is required?

2 tablespoons of mustard oil and 1 tablespoon of garlic paste.

Direction

Mix 2 tablespoons of mustard oil to 1 tablespoon of garlic paste. After that, wait 2 minutes for it to settle. Then gently massage on your child’s feet, palms, neck, chest, and back, just before the bedtime.

8. Lemon juice with Honey

Lemon is known for its immunity booster qualities, and honey for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Lemon juice mixed with honey is a powerful remedy against flu and fever. This remedy is only for children above 12 months of age. Refrain giving honey as a home remedy for fever for a 1 year old.

What is required?

1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey.

Direction

Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a spoonful of honey. Mix well before feeding it to your little one.

A fever is a common occurrence among toddlers, but it might also be an underlying symptom of problems such as ear infection, teething, tonsillitis, measles, flu, etc. You can deal with a mild fever in toddlers with the help of home remedies without any complications.

Home remedies are good when compared to the allopathic treatment as most often they don’t have any side-effects on one’s body. However, we strongly recommend you to consult your doctor at the earliest if the condition doesn’t improve for more than 2 days or if the temperature is running over 100.4 degrees.

Also Read: Foods to Give during Fever to Toddlers