(NewsUSA) - Fevers often set in fast and unexpectedly, leaving a caregiver little time to prepare -- or to run to the store. Be ready to react the next time your child comes down with a fever by keeping a fully stocked fever-fighting arsenal in your home:
* Drink Up: You know your child's favorite flavors, so keep your pantry stocked with therapeutic hydration beverages in these flavors. You'll be ready to replenish vital nutrients and prevent dehydration as soon as it's needed. Remember, to prevent dehydration, encourage your little one to drink slowly as opposed to big gulps, and avoid sugary and sweetened beverages. For an extra treat, try freezing the beverage and creating an ice pop.
* Measurement That's on the Mark: A rectal thermometer still provides the most accurate measurement of body temperature. When you're dealing with an elevated body temperature, it's important to know the exact measurement, so you know when to call the pediatrician.
* Have a good digital rectal thermometer on hand to get an exact reading.
* Keep 'Em Cool: When fever spikes, be ready. Keep a cool pack chilled in the refrigerator to keep your child cool and help bring down their body temperature. You'll also have this special "icy" ready to go when boo boos need soothing. Avoid cold baths or showers, however, since they can cool the body too much. Healthcare professionals recommend moderately warm baths instead.
* Dose with Ease: Acetaminophen is one of the most recommended nonprescription medications by healthcare professionals for fever reduction in children. However, if your child is fussy, spitting up or vomiting, it can be challenging to get them to take a full and proper oral dose of liquid acetaminophen.
* Dole out the Love: A little extra TLC can help keep kids be comfy and in a positive state of mind as they fight a fever. Show your love through the power of touch with a gentle massage to your child's feet, neck or back. For extra security, have a brand-new soft lovey or blanket ready to go as a special new delight.