What can I do to lower my child's fever?
- Undress the child and remove all blankets (please note: shivering is generally a response to high fever, do not cover child with blankets!)
- Place child in a lukewarm bath and allow the child to play in the water for 10 minutes. DO NOT LEAVE THE CHILD UNATTENDED!
- If no bath is available, sponge your child down with lukewarm water, taking care to sponge the following area's:
- Arm pits
- Groin area
- Cool room by using a fan or opening windows. Do not allow fan to blow directly onto the child.
- The child can be dressed in light summer clothes.
- Give medication only as prescribed by your treating doctor.
- Persistent fever that does not respond to temperature lowering measures
- Seizures/ convulsions/ fits
- Refusing to drink fluids (it is not unusual for the sick child to have a loss of appetite)
- Decreased level of responsiveness
- Child becomes "floppy"