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
- Fruit Juices
- Lip Balm
- Petroleum Jelly
- 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.