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Your child’s body is raising its temperature to kill the germs. In most cases it’s harmless and goes away on its own in 3 days. What You Should Do. Acetaminophen can lower your child’s temperature. In addition to your pediatrician, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and a pediatric rheumatologist might be helpful if your child has a prolonged fever.
To help your doctors narrow down what is causing your child’s fever, consider. Common fever reducers you can give to children include Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen), although ibuprofen is usually only given to infants over 6 months of age. Aspirin should not be given to a child or teen for fever or pain relief as it may trigger a rare, but possibly fatal condition called Reye’s syndrome. Call your doctor if your child has a fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat, belly pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, dizziness, or just doesn’t feel well. If your child has been near someone with coronavirus or been in an area where lots of people have coronavirus, tell the doctor.
Unless advised otherwise by your child’s healthcare provider, call the provider right away if: Your child is 3 months old or younger and has a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. Get medical care right away. Fever in a young baby can be a sign of a dangerous infection.
Cool your child safely. Use a cool compress or give your child a bath in cool or lukewarm water. Your child’s fever may not go down right away after his or her bath. Wait 30 minutes and check his or her temperature again. Do not put your child in a cold water or ice bath.
In general, seek medical care if your baby is less than three months old and has any fever at all. If your baby is older than that, you don’t have to see a. Give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). If your child is age 6 months or older, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) is OK, too.
Read the label carefully for proper dosage. Don’t give aspirin to an infant or toddler. Call the doctor if the fever doesn’t respond to the medication or. Prolonged fever can lead to dehydration.
Sponge bath: Apply a lukewarm sponge bath to help lower your child’s temperature. Do not put your child in cold water or use rubbing alcohol to try to cool him/her off. Rubbing alcohol, inhaled or absorbed through the skin, can be toxic. Resting, staying hydrated and sleeping are typically helpful.
If your child is currently well enough to be cared for at home, give them fluids, medicines for fever and pain, and make sure they rest.
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