- Ensure they stay hydrayted.
- If they are off their food, try something very easy to eat like a cool fruit puree that will go down easily and give them some energy.
- Monitor their room and body temperature. You want to prevent them from getting cold but equally you don't want them to overheat so stick to light layers.
- Apply a lukewarm flannel to their forehead but not elsewhere on their body, as it may cause shivering.
In most cases, fevers will subside within a day but obviously check your child's temperature regularly and if you have any cause for concern, take them to your doctor or A&E.
As the article points out, it's not a matter of never using paracetamol or ibuprofen with your child but being aware that in the case of a simple fever with no other symptoms or complications, it is not always necessary. If your child seems well in themselves, apart from having a fever, then it's probably a good idea to let their body deal with the virus or infection that has caused the fever and just try the above four suggestions to keep them comfortable in the meantime.
Can you think of anything else that can be effective in managing a simple fever in a baby or young child?