calf wraps, lower leg compress [Wadenwickel]
The body creates the physical warmth in the form of fever to activate the immune system.
Fever is not the illness itself. Unfortunately confused
parents quickly reach for tylenol and other over the counter "fever reducers".
Reducing the fever does nothing but weakening the bodies natural immune response leaving the original infection untreated.
Very high fever (40'C and above) can however be a problem and the
child might be extremely uncomfortable or exhausted.
a very effective solution to lower such fever and it gives you much better control than tablets:
For such a calf wrap you need:
- Two small cotton towels
- One large towel
- Two woolen cloths (e.g a scarf)
The child's feet must be warm in order for this treatment to be given. With
children that is usually the case. Older people who have problems with
blood circulation in the legs might not be able to apply this procedure.
Place the child comfortably in the bed, covered but with
bare legs. Protect the bed under the legs with the large
towel. Soak the small cotton towels in water and wring
it out until the last drop is expressed. Wrap one leg
from foot to knee with this damp compress.
Wrap the woolen cloth around the calf which is now
covered by the damp cloths. Repeat the procedure for
the other leg.
After about 10 minutes the compress should be dry. Remove it
and maybe repeat once. Check the temperature of the child.
You will see that it has gone down by several degrees and
it will stay there for quite a while. Usually
the child feels already much better after the first application
and just wants to sleep.
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