Self-help: Bringing Down a Fever

A fever is a body temperature that is above 38°C (100.4°F). If you or your child develops a fever, look at the symptom charts on Fever and Fever in Children to check whether medical help is required. If medical help is not necessary, follow the measures described here:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to help bring down the fever and make you feel more comfortable. For a baby or child, give paracetamol or ibuprofen at the dose recommended for his or her age.

  • Make sure the room temperature is neither too hot nor too cold.

  • Dress lightly. Do not “wrap up” a child who has a fever.

  • Young children should be watched closely as they are susceptible to febrile convulsions if they have a high fever.

  • Sponging with tepid water to bring down a fever is no longer advised.

  • Do not give aspirin to anyone under 16 years old.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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