It’s one of the most alarming moments of parenthood and, unfortunately, it is also one of the most common. When your child has a fever, it’s enough to make you both miserable — you’re sick with worry, and they’re, well, just plain sick.
Despite the initial panic it may induce, having a fever is not necessarily a bad thing; a fever is a sign that the body is fighting an infection.
Knowing when to take steps to reduce a fever and when to let it run its course is important. While a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in infants is a reason to contact your pediatrician, fevers in older children can be less of a cause for concern. But while they may not be life threatening, they still have the ability to make your child pretty uncomfortable.
Here are a few mom tested methods for fighting off your child’s fever: