As we enter the flu season, particularly in my country Philippines, it is really great if we are equipped with the basic knowledge how to handle the fever the right way, especially for our kids. Also, now that we are still under pandemic due to Covid-19, we have to know the difference to it which I’ve already have blogged previously. (click here to read post)
Based on my research and personal life experiences, a person normally gets a fever 2-3 times in a year. Most of the time, the reason is colds, flu and cough. Fever is our body’s mechanism to fight the infection so once we have a fever, the blood circulation in our body gets into organs and fights the infections we may have.
Here’s a short checklist for do’s and don’ts when having a fever:
- Make sure that you really have a fever. There are factors that makes our temperature rise such as doing an exercise, heat waves due to climate and during the evening. The standard measure of having a fever is 37.8 (and over) centigrade.
- Use a thermometer as much as possible to check if you have a fever accurately. If you don’t have one, you may use to measure the back of your hand (sensitive part that can measure the heat compare to the palm) and place it in the forehead or neck of the person.
- Water therapy. Take 8-12 glasses of water a day. This is very important as your body needs more fluid to recover and to stay hydrated. Fruit juice can be partially take in combination with water as you can get vitamins (primarily vitamin C) to help you recover more faster. Taking proper fluids helps your body to lower the fever as you urinate frequently.
- Use a small towel and wet it with a slightly cool water then run it to the body (foot, legs, armpit, neck and forehead usually) and leave it wet as it is. Let the moist vaporized in the body parts.
- Do not cover the body with jacket or blankets even if you or the patient is feeling cold as this will make the fever go up. Wear comfortable clothes that allows the heat on your body to release.
- Make sure the room is well ventilated. Fresh air can help the oxygen circulate properly.
- Eat healthy foods. Nourish you body with vitamins and minerals you can get from eating fruits and vegetables. Do not eat heavy foods instead light foods like porridge and soups as it can be easily digested and avoid indigestion during fever.
- Take more rest as this will help your body’s immune system to fight the infection causing your fever.
- You can take a Paracetamol tablet or syrup even without a prescription from a doctor if you have a fever ranges from 37.8 to 38.5. If the fever exceeds at 39, you should consult to a Doctor and/or having on/off fever for 3 days.
These are the list of basic checklist you can refer if you are having a fever that will guide and help you take necessary actions for faster/safe recovery.
Post parting words
Thank you for reading this post. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted some great tips regarding health topics. I hope this can help you somehow as my reader gain knowledge about handling a fever the right way. If you want other health tips and guide, please check out my other related post on this or in my health and wealth category of my blog.
Thanks in advance.