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How have you reduced your childs fever?

Our son is 4 and earlier today he had a mild fever, and now it has spiked to 102....we have him under a blanket and drinking fluids. we have giving him 1/2 tblspn of dayquil to try and get rid of his fever and are gonna be giving him a sponge bath here in about 10 min. what else can we do to help him besides bringing him to the er? Thanks alot

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Asked by armymomof3boys at 6:43 PM on Feb. 11, 2009 in Health

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  • You can alternate the use of motrin and tylenol because tylenol is acetoaminaphin, however it's spelled, and motrin is an ib profin type medicine and safe to alternate and over lap. Also give him popsicles and cold food that will help cool him.

    Answer by FinleyFirst at 6:45 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • try getting a cotton ball and soak it in rubbing alcohol and put it on his belly button. i was told that will help bring down the fever. i have never done it but i know a few moms that swear by it

    Answer by SThompson21 at 6:45 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • I agree with the alternating motrin and tylenol.......every 2 hours if he needs it....I do this when my kids have a high temp. my son has ran a 105.0 temp and we were told by his Dr to give him a cool bath which really brought his temp down quickly.


    Answer by mom2twobabes at 6:54 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • Since he is 4, you don't need to do anything for a fever of 102. Remember, this is his body's way of getting better. The fever kills germs. Every time you work to lower a fever that is 102.5 or lower, you are making it harder for your child to get well.

    Here are the guidelines put out by the AAP:
    Do not treat fevers under 102.5.
    For fevers over that, you can alternate tylenol and motrin every 4 hours... a dose of tylenol, wait 4 hours, a dose of motrin, wait 4 hours, a dose of tylenol, etc. You can also give lukewarm baths or showers, give cold drinks and icy pops, sponge baths, etc. Do not let him get a chill, that will make the fever worse.
    If a fever over 102.5 won't come down, see the doctor.
    If a fever hits 103 three days in a row - even if it keeps coming down with meds - see the doctor.
    If a fever hits 104, go to doctor, urgent care, or the ER.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:38 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • And yes, if he is uncomfortable and achy, you can give pain meds to treat the pain even though they will lower also lower his fever. It's a balance between his becoming as comfortable as possible while sick and his getting better as fast as possible.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:39 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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