How Should You Treat a High Fever in Children?


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To treat high fever in children who are between 2 and 17 years and whose temperature is over 102 Fahrenheit, give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen, explains Mayo Clinic. Ensure that you read the label carefully for the correct dosage instructions, being cautious not to use more than one medication that contains acetaminophen. Bathing the children with lukewarm water or spooning it over them may also help to bring down their temperatures, states WebMD.

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To treat high fever in children between 6 months and 2 years, give them acetaminophen such as Tylenol, explains Mayo Clinic. If they are six months and older, you can also give them ibuprofen such as Advil and Motrin. If the temperature is high but does not exceed 102 Fahrenheit, encourage them to rest and drink plenty of fluids. In cases where the children seem unusually lethargic, irritable or complain of significant comfort, call a doctor for evaluation. Follow up on the children after the medication until they are free of fever.

Consult with your pediatrician before giving children any fever-reducing medication for the first time, explains WebMD. Avoid giving children or teenagers aspirin as there is a risk of a dangerous brain disease known as Reye’s syndrome.

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