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Fever in Children

Dr. Sunil Jain

Fever, the rise in body temperature can be a symptom of a number of illnesses. A proper diagnosis of the cause of fever is necessary for the proper management. Amongst the causes, include common cold, flu, tonisllitis, mumps, measles, chicken pox, malaria, diarrhoea, typhoid, bronchitis etc. Though the management of each case is different, here we give you a list of homoeopathic remedies commonly used for treating many types of fever.

Fever is a common ailment associated with many infections and diseases. In childhood, fever is mostly caused by infectious diseases such as tonsillitis, otitis media (ear infections), measles, mumps, chicken pox, other upper and lower respiratory tract infections, GIT infections, urinary tract infections and malaria. These causes usually bring on an acute onset of fever. Persistent fever may result from diseases such as tuberculosis, persistent throat infections and chronic urinary tract infections.

Common Cold
Common cold is a contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. It is most common in school age children. Children usually recover from common cold within 7 to 14 days unless complicated by sinusitis, ear infection, laryngitis or bronchitis. The contagious phase is the first 2-4 days after the symptoms appear. Children can catch the infection from breathing in virus particles spread through the air by sneezing or coughing or from person to person contact.

The first symptoms of a cold are often a tickle in the throat, a runny or stuffy nose and sneezing. Sore throat, cough, headache, mild fever, fatigue, muscle aches and loss of appetite may accompany. The discharge from the nose changes from watery to thick yellow or green.

Common Causes of Fever

  • Common cold
  • Flu
  • Tonsillitis
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Chicken pox
  • Ear infection
  • Diarrhoea
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Malaria
  • Typhoid
  • Bronchitis

Influenza, commonly known as ‘the flu’ is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. It affects all age groups, but its highest incidence is in children. Flu is common in the winter and early spring. The symptoms of flu are usually gone within 7-14 days. After 5 days, fever and other symptoms have usually disappeared but cough and weakness may persist. Influenza is spread by virus-infected droplets coughed or sneezed into the air. People infected with flu are contagious as long as they show symptoms.

The main symptoms of influenza are fever, chills, headache, muscle ache, dizziness, loss of appetite and tiredness. Cough, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, weakness and depression also accompany.

Flu can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis and other complication, therefore it is important to treat flu seriously.


Tonsils are fleshy clusters of tissue that lie in two bands on either side of the throat. Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils caused by an infection. The illness usually begins with sudden sore throat with pain on swallowing. There may also be a loss of appetite, malaise, and chills and fever over 10 degrees F. Glands in the neck and at the angle of the jaw may be swollen and tender. In infants, tonsillitis may bring symptoms that appear to be less focussed on the throat. Their most noticeable symptoms may be poor feeding, runny nose and a slight fever.

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