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.