Every time I see an ad on TV showing parents using panadol (paracetamol) on their babies, I cringe! There is no such thing as a safe drug, especially on babies and infants.
A study in paediatric health has revealed that paracetamol use in infants increases the risk of developing hay fever significantly. Read the full report at http://www.paediatricsupdate.com.au/news/paracetamol-linked-to-hayfever-in-children
Fever is the body’s way of fighting an infection. Provided the fever remains below 38 degrees and fluctuates, there is no need for concern. The key is to monitor your child – keep up the fluids (water or diluted chamomile tea is best); wash their legs from the knees down with cool water or place them in a warm bath allowing the water to cool slightly – NEVER allow them to become cold or shiver! Another method of lowering temperatures in babies is to place half a raw potato on the sole of each foot (cut side to sole of foot) as this also ‘draws’ out the heat. There are also a variety of other options which should be administered under the guidance of a qualified natural health practitioner.
If teething is a problem, use a natural gel to numb the jaw pain. There are several reputable brands available from health food stores including homeopathic remedies that work extremely well.
Of course, should fever persist or rise, seek medical advice.