As a parent, treating a fever depends on your child’s age and the reading on the thermometer. Kids between the ages of 2 to 11 years old tend to run higher fevers than adults — but when kids’ energy is low and their fevers are high (over 38.8°C / 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. If the water makes your kids shiver, however, remove them from the bath 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 38.0°C / 100.4°F
- Has a temperature over 38.0°C / 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 (38.0°C / 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.
Note: This information does not constitute a diagnosis of any medical condition or medical advice. Do not substitute the information herein for medical advice. Always consult your physician or health care provider if you have medical or health questions or concerns.