How do you break a fever?

Ashley - posted on 10/21/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have a 10 month old with a viral infection. He has had a constant fever never going below 100. We have been in and out of the dr's office and er, I was wondering about other suggestions to get a fever to break. We alternate tylenol s and advil every 3 hours, lots of liquids, and baths. Nothing really seems to help. Any suggestions?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/26/2011

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PLEASE DO NOT APPLY RUBBING ALCOHOL TO A BABY OR CHILDS SKIN!

The BabyCenter Editorial Team

"Yes, temporarily, but it's a bad idea.

Rubbing a child with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol used to be a popular folk remedy for quickly reducing a fever. The alcohol does cool the skin as it evaporates, but the fact that it works so quickly is part of the problem.

When you cool a child too fast — with alcohol or a cool bath, for example — it can be counterproductive. The child may start to shiver, which signals his body to raise his temperature again.

In addition, the alcohol can be absorbed through the skin as well as inhaled, causing alcohol poisoning.

There are much better options, including a cool washcloth on the forehead, a sponge bath with lukewarm to warm water, or over-the-counter fever reducers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Never give aspirin to a child, as it could put him at risk for a rare but serious disease called Reye's syndrome."

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Lynne - posted on 10/31/2011

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I am 62 yrs oldand a grandma, but I don't think this is outdated. My baby had a fever, and the doctor actually came to the house! He put her in a tepid bath and ran the cold water into it after he pulled the plug. It gradually lowered her body temperature. I was very alarmed, because it seemed like a very drastic thing to do, and the colder the water became, the more she screamed. He didn't leave her there very long, and being a doctor he probably had done this before. All I know is that it worked. I also remember a story about my grandmother being very ill as a child in England. She had a raging fever and they had a pub in England and had put her downstairs where they could watch her. An old fisherman came in from fishing and saw her. He went out and got a large cold fish (this was Victorian times) and put it on her bare chest and told them to leave it there until the fever broke, which it did. She was not expected to live, and actually died at 92. The moral is, I believe, to slowly cool the child's body temperature, although I would not recommend a fish!

Christina - posted on 10/25/2011

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OMG please please please dont ever use rubbing alcohol on your childs skin that can be absorbed through the skin and they can get alcohol poisoning which is super serious and could kill your baby

Kelina - posted on 10/22/2011

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take a really super cold towel and put it between his thighs. Lots of major blood vessels run through there, it's a great home remedy provided you can get him to stay still for it lol. hope he feels better soon!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/26/2011

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You want to ALWAYS cool a baby ir child down slowly. If you make them to cold to fast, they will start to shiver, and raise their body temperature.

Unfortunately, sometimes you need to ride the temperature out, while continuing with alternating tylenol and ibuprofen. If the temperature spikes to high, call the pediatrician. Sometimes going for a ride in the car in cooler weather can help them cool down, AND put them to sleep.

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Rachelle - posted on 05/04/2014

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I have a baby,he is 3months old. he's temperature is 37.5, in a hour it became 38 the after an hour again became 37. is this a fever? how to cure this? I'm so worried.

Maria-Elena - posted on 10/30/2011

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reply to Sara D: fevers can actually be very dangerous, especially for the young old or infirm. someone with a very high temp can go into shock , faint and fit. it is always best to bring the temp down. i have seen both children and the elderly have these reactions and it is not a nice sight. also a family member of mine had to hold his grandaughter as she fitted and almost went catatonic due to fever so please for everybodies safty and well being do not tell anyone that fevers are not dangerous ever again!!!

Maria-Elena - posted on 10/30/2011

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start by removing their clothes, leaving just the nappy, place cold wash cloths on forehead, elbows, feet. give baby paracetamol or calprophen. regular cold drinks and baths. open windows, put a fan on or use something to fan the child. check temp every 15 min.

Brianna - posted on 10/21/2011

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baths, eating popicles and freezies, liquids, a lil rubbing alcohol in a bowl of water then taking a face cloth and putting it in the water and then use cloth to wipe behind knees, albows ect.. if he had fever u still should give tylenol though.. at about that age my daughter started getting siezers when she gets fevers and i guess that common for kids under 2 or 3 so to be safe just give the tylenol if he needs it

Ashley - posted on 10/21/2011

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The drs don't seem to concerned, they pretty much have said try to keep him comfy. His fever started Weds night and has been pretty constant. The baths I do at normal temp then let it get colder but not really cold. He sleeps in a onesie and no blankets.

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Are the doctors concerned about the fever? How long has he had it? Fevers are a body's way of fighting the infection so they're not always a bad thing, but you definitely don't want them getting too high or lasting a long time. When you give a bath do you start it at normal temperature and then let him hang out in it until the water cools? If you put him straight into a cool bath it can actually cause his temp to rise. How's his behavior?

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