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3 tips for kids’ fever relief

When kids’ energy is low and their fevers are high (over 102°F), you know something’s up. They may be battling an infection, but here’s how you can help take that fever down:

  • Run a bath with lukewarm water. Have your kids come out if it makes them shiver, though, as chills can make their temperature rise.
  • Offer lots of water to drink. Fevers and dehydration can go hand in hand. But have kids stay away from soda – the caffeine will just dehydrate them more.
  • Call your pediatrician if your child:
    • Has a temperature over 100.4°F
    • Has a temperature over 100.4°F plus any of these symptoms:
      • Severe headache
      • Sore throat or ear pain
      • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea
      • Stiff neck
      • Strange rash
      • Looks very ill, or extremely drowsy or fussy
      • Has been in a very hot place (like an overheated car)
      • Has underlying immune system problems, seizure history, or takes steroids
    • Seems to be getting worse, even after being treated
    • Still has a fever (100.4°F or higher) after 3 days, or still “acts sick” when the fever goes away

To stop the fever-causing bug from spreading, make sure everyone at home washes their hands often, and doesn’t share utensils, glasses or towels.