How to Reduce a Fever

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Reduce a Fever
Reduce a Fever

How to Reduce a Fever. A fever is a sign that your body is attempting to fight an infection. Help your body fight the fever in the following ways.

Things You'll Need

  • Blankets
  • Washcloths
  • Popsicles
  • Fruit Juices
  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirins
  • Ibuprofen
  • Lip Balm
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Thermometers
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Ice Packs
  • Ice packs

Get plenty of rest.

Drink plenty of fluids. Suck on an ice cube or flavored ice, or drink iced fruit juice or chilled clear broth.

Dress lightly and keep the room temperature between 70 and 74 degrees F. Use a blanket if you feel cold.

Take anti-fever medicines only when necessary. For children under 18 years old, use acetaminophen or ibuprofen. For adults, use acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen.

Give a child a lukewarm sponge bath for a temperature higher than 102 degrees F, but wait 30 minutes if you have given her acetaminophen. Wipe the child with a lukewarm washcloth or place her in a lukewarm tub for 20 minutes, then dry her thoroughly and check her temperature. If it is lower than 102 degrees F, don't continue with the lukewarm baths. If the child is shivering, warm up the water by a few degrees for the next bath.

Know your medications. Some drug allergies cause fevers. If you suspect that one of your prescription medications may be causing a fever, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Spread lip balm or petroleum jelly over the lips during the fever and for several days thereafter, since lips often crack and split during a fever.

Tips & Warnings

  • A fever of 103 degrees F is not unusual in a young child. For adults, a fever higher than 101 degrees F or a fever that is greater than 101 degrees F at its onset is cause for medical attention.
  • Ice packs can be placed in the groin and armpit areas when an adult has a very high fever, but consult your doctor first.
  • Call your doctor or emergency room if a high fever is accompanied by a stiff neck, difficulty breathing, confusion, lethargy, delirium or convulsions, or a cough with colored sputum.
  • Never use alcohol for a rubdown. The fumes are toxic, and alcohol is absorbed through the skin. Use lukewarm water.

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